Howard History

October 01, 2006

Birth of a bureaucracy: Maryland's current formal system of free, public schools dates to the state constitution of 1864, which mandated the appointment of a state superintendent of public instruction. A system consisting of a state Board of Education and local boards was set up the next year. The school board in Howard County first met Oct. 1, 1865, a three-member panel consisting of board President Samuel K. Dashiell, Dr. Joel Hopkins and David Burdette.

[Source: Howard County, A Pictorial History, Joetta M. Cramm]

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