Education, Public

EDUCATION, PUBLIC, originated with the Free School Act of 1865 on VANCOUVER ISLAND, which established the first system of non-denominational, free public schools in the colony. The Act created a General Board of Education, appointed by the governor, and provided for local school boards, also appointed. These first public schools supplemented private, fee-paying institutions organized by one or other of the churches (see EDUCATION, PRIVATE). The public system ran into financial troubles and was...

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