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1635 First Latin Grammar school in America
1635 The first "free school" in Virginia opens (most families homeschooled)
1636 Harvard College
1638 Hartford Public High School
1642 Massachusetts Bay School Law (Children must understand principles of religion)
1647 The Massachusetts Law of 1647 also known as the Old Deluder Satan Act (Every town needs a school)
1693 The College of William and Mary (Thomas Jefferson's College)
1698 first publicly supported library
1727 Ursuline Academy of New Orleans
1751 The University of Pennsylvania.
1785 The University of Georgia becomes "America's first state-chartered university."
1821 Boston English High School, one of the first public high schools in the U.S.
1817 The Connecticut Asylum at Hartford for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons .
1823 The Hartford Female Seminary, a private school for girls in Hartford
1827 The state of Massachusetts passes a law requiring towns of more than 500 families to have a public high school open to all students
1837 The first school superintendent.
1837 The African Institute (later called the Institute for Colored Youth)
1839 The first state funded school specifically for teacher education
1849 The Experimental School for Teaching and Training Idiotic Children
1851 The New York State Asylum for Idiots
1856 The first kindergarten in the U.S.
1867 The Department of Education is created
1867 The first public day school for the deaf
1916 The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is founded
1946 The computer age begins
1962 Engel vs. Vitale "state officials may not compose an official state prayer and require that it be recited in the public schools of the State at the beginning of each school day. . . "
1965 The Higher Education Act is signedAllows more federal aid for higher education
1972 First handheld calculators
1972 Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on gender in all aspects of education
1975 The Education of All Handicapped Children Act (PL 94-142) becomes federal law.
2015 Obama 'joins' the "too-much-testing" movement as his new plan calls for limiting "standardized testing to no more than 2% of class time."
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