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"HOMELAND SCHOOLS", Cabins to Complexes
Compiled by Republic County Retired Teachers Association
Copyright 1976
(Copy available at the Republic County Historical Society and Museum; Belleville, KS)

p. 25 - The Kansas State Reading Circle was begun early in the history of the state in 1885 at the instigation of the county superintendents and the state superintendent, but for many years it had little effect.  Then in 1916, during the administration of W. D. Ross as state superintendent, he prevailed on the Kansas State Teachers Association to take over the operation of it.  Still nothing much happened until 1925 when Jess Miley, State Superintendent, and Frank Piney, Secretary of KSTA, were instrumental in getting the school library law passed.

The School Library Law required each school district to buy $5 worth of library books for each teacher employed.  This caused the Reading Circle to become an important factor in Kansas Education.  It remained a sort of quasi-official entity with the state superintendent serving as an ex officio member of the Reading Circle Board.

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