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FROM THE CODE OF 1897 AND THE SUPPLE-
MENT TO THE CODE OF 1907.
NOTES, FORMS AND DECISIONS,
USE AND GOVERNMENT OF DIRECTORS AND
EDITION OF 1907.
JOHN F. RIGGS,
TRANSMIT TO SUCCESSOR
Each school officer, upon the termination of his term of office, shall immediately surrender to bis successor all books, papers and moneys pertaining or belonging to the office, taking a receipt therefor.
CODE SECTION 2770.
Section 2624 of the code authorizes the superintendent of public instruction to cause to be printed every four years all school laws in force up to that time, with such notes, forms, rulings and decisions as may be of value to school officers in the proper discharge of their duties, references being made to previous laws amended or changed, so as to indicate the effect of such amendment or change.
As the use of former editions will be most likely to mislead, and since each school corporation and each school director is entitled to receive a copy of this law, it is urged that the use of all former editions be discontinued. Since another edition may not be published for four years, it is earnestly advised that special pains be taken to preserve every copy of this edition, and that school officers superseded by election or otherwise will deliver to their successors in office copies in their possession.
The explanatory notes printed in connection with the law governing school corporations have been carefully revised and in some instances extended to include a larger number of rulings. These notes are based upon decisions of the supreme court, opinions of the attorney-general, and the decisions or opinions of the superintendent of public instruction. Since the value of the notes may be considered to depend mainly upon the source from which the same originated, references have, so far as seemed necessary, been given. It is urged that the general authorities cited be consulted where more extended information is sought. Reports of the supreme court are found in every county, and may be consulted at the court house upon application to the clerk of the district court.
By school law decisions is meant the decisions rendered by the superintendent of public instruction in appeal cases. Cases involying the chief principles are contained in the present volume. A careful reading of the same is earnestly urged.
We have placed those sections which relate particularly to the administration of the public schools first, followed in order by that part of the Constitution of Iowa relating to public schools, the law governing the state institutions, and that concerning county high schools. Following the law are some suggestive forms for the use of school officers, after which are placed some of the more important decisions of superintendents of public instruction.
The numbering of the older sections is that of the code of 1897, while through the courtesy of Honorable C. N. Jepson, editor of the code supplement of 1907, we are enabled to give the more recent sections the numbering as they will appear in that supplement.
The sections are arranged according to number, or number and letter, except where such an arrangement of the newer laws would separate closely related sections. To bring closely related sections together, section 1306-b is made to follow section 2812-f, which in turn is followed by sections 2820-a to 2820-d. Also section 2794-a is made to follow section 2796, while it in turn is followed by section 2820-e to 2820-h.
Each section appears in full followed by all of the notes relating to it.
Titles and catch words have been used to aid the reader to find the particular note he desires, and numerous cross references are given to aid him in finding all of the law on any point.
The labor of revision has been performed by Mr. J. C. Bennett, deputy superintendent, in addition to his regular duties otherwise much increased by recent legislation.
JOHN F. RIGGS,
Superintendent Public Instruction. September 3, 1907.
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SCHOOL LAWS OF IOWA
THE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION.
SECTION 2621. Office-records—deputy. The superintendent of public instruction shall have an office in the capitol, in which shall be filed and kept separately all papers, reports and documents transmitted to him each year by the several county superintendents, and open to inspection by the governor or a committee of either house of the general assembly whenever required. He shall keep a record of all matters and things done in his office, which, together with all other papers and documents, at the conclusion of his term, shall be turned over to his successor. He may appoint a deputy, who shall qualify in like manner as his principal, and who, in the absence or inability of the superintendent, shall perform his duties. (C. '73, $$ 766-7, 770, 1578; C. '51, $$ 416, 1078.]
SEC. 2622. Duties—teachers' conventions and institutes. He shall be charged with the general supervision of all the county superintendents and the common schools of the state; may meet county superintendents in convention at such points in the state as may be most suitable for the purpose, at which proper steps may be taken looking toward securing a more uniform and efficient administration of the school laws. He shall appoint, upon the request of county superintendents, the time and place for holding teachers' institutes, such institutes to be called when it is probable that not less than twenty teachers will be present, and remain in session not less than six working days, of which time and place of meeting he shall give notice to the county superintendent of the proper county. He shall attend teachers' institutes thus called in the several counties of the state, so far as consistent with his official duties, and assist in their management and instruction. He shall have power to collect, publish and distribute statistical and other information relative to public schools and education in general; to visit teachers' association meetings and make tours of inspection among the common schools and other institutions of learning in the state, and may deliver addresses upon subjects relative to education; to prepare, publish, and distribute blank forms for all returns he may deem necessary, or that may be required by law, of teachers, or school officers; to publish and distribute annually leaflets and circulars relative to arbor day, memorial day, and other days considered by him worthy of special observance in public schools, the number to be determined by the executive council; to