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THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY

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July 11, 1870

Virginia, General Assembly, House of Delegates, <em>A Bill to Establish and Maintain an Uniform System of Free Schools</em> (Richmond, 1870), LB2529 .V8 1870a, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

An Act For A Free Public School System Was Approved

The 1869 Virginia Constitution provided for the creation of the first statewide free public school system in Virginia. On March 28, 1870, William Henry Ruffner (1824–1908), superintendent of public instruction, submitted to the General Assembly a plan for establishing a public school system. On July 11 the legislature adopted many of his proposals.