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An Act to Incorporate the State Educational Association of North Carolina.

1860-1861 Public Laws: Chapter 20

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1860-61 - Pages 35-38.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the State Educational Association of North Carolina, as organized by a voluntary society in the town of Salisbury, on the 21st day of October, A. D. 1856, and whose organization was further perfected at the annual meetings held in Warrenton on the first day of July, 1857, in Statesville on the 7th day of July, 1858, in Newbern on the 14th day of June, 1859, and in Wilmington on November 13, 1860, shall be and the same is hereby incorporated under the name and style of "The State Educational Association of North Carolina," and may have and use a common seal, sue and be sued, and take, hold and convey real and personal property of the value of twenty thousand dollars, and no more, for the purposes hereinafter specified.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said society may adopt for its government a constitution and by-laws, not inconsistent with the constitution and laws of this State or of the United States, and shall, according to the provisions of these, annually elect a president, six vice presidents, a recording secretary and a corresponding secretary and treasurer in one, all of whom shall hold their office, until their successors are appointed, and the said society shall have [a] permanent executive committee of three, consisting of the superintendent of common schools and the recording and corresponding secretaries, and whose powers and duties shall he prescribed in the constitution and by-laws of the society.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the State Educational Association of North Carolina to hold an annual meeting at such place and time as the executive committee, or others authorized by the constitution and by-laws so to do, shall direct; at which meeting some questions connected with the course of education shall be discussed and decided, and at which shall be delivered addresses and essays intended to promote the progress of useful learning in the State, and to diffuse information among the people; and the proceedings of these meetings, and such essays as the association may deem proper, shall be published in pamphlet form, one copy of which shall be sent to the executive library, and one to the library of the State in Raleigh; one to each of the colleges, male and female, in the State; one to the chairman of each board of county superintendents of common schools, to be filed in his office, and one to each committee of examination.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the said Association shall have at least two standing committees, one to be called "The Committee on Common Schools," and one "The Committee on Statistics," which committees shall, from time to time, make reports to the association on the subjects on which they are appointed.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the superintendent of common schools for the State, to notify the chairman of the boards of superintendents of common schools and the examining committees, and the president and directors of the Literary Fund, at least fifteen days in advance of the time and place of each annual meeting of the association, to make an annual address before it setting forth the condition, wants and prospects of the common school system, to aid in directing its deliberations and action to useful purposes connected with the cause of general education, and to exert himself to prevent any sectional, sectarian or political bias in its proceedings.

Sec. 6. Be it further enacted, That said association shall have published under its auspices a monthly periodical to be called " The North Carolina Journal of Education," to be conducted by such persons, and on such terms as it or its authorized committees may see fit; and the first named of the board of editors shall be the superintendent of common schools for the State, who shall publish in said journal such of his official decisions as he may deem of general interest; his annual letters of instructions to committees of examination—extracts from his annual report to the Governor—such suggestions as he may deem important, with explanations of the duties of his subordinate officers; and once in every two years, a digest with index and notes of all the laws in force in regard to common schools.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the president and directors of the Literary Fund to pay to said association, through its executive committee, the sum of six hundred dollars per annum for four years, beginning the year 1859, and ending with the year 1862; Provided, Such appropriation can be made from the Literary Fund without diminishing the usual distribution for common school purposes, or injuriously interfering with the usual operations of the literary board, or of the common school system: And provided, also, That the books, accounts and operations of the association are open to the inspection of the Governor of the State; And this charter may be declared null and void whenever by the proper legal process, in the autliorized tribunal, it shall be proved to have become a political, sectional or sectarian society, or to be engaged as a society in propagating doctrines inconsistent witli the peace and safety of the State.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the president and directors of the Literary Fund shall annually appropriate to said society one hundred dollars, to be paid under the direction of the executive committee, in premiums of not more than thirty dollars, nor less than fifteen each, to common school teachers for essays on such subjects as the association or its authorized committee shall select.

Sec. 9. Be it further enacted, That this Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 23rd day of February, 1861.

John W. Ellis, Governor
William T. Dortch, Speaker of the House of Commons
Henry Toole Clark, Speaker of the Senate

State of North Carolina
Office of Secretary of State, June, 1861.

I, Rufus H. Page, Secretary of State, in and for the State of North Carolina,
do hereby certify that the Acts and Resolutions contained in this Pamphlet,
are true copies of the original Acts and Resolutions, passed by the General
Assembly of this State, at its late session.

Rufus H. Page, Secretary of State



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