Amount appropriated in 1914 and in 1915 for normal schools, colleges and University, for maintenance, $457,750; for building and equipment, $276,000 total, $733,750; less amount for colored work, $30,000; total, $703,750; white students at normal schools and other higher institutions 2,800; amount appropriated per capita for higher education, $250 , or in round numbers, $14 per capita is appropriated for students of collegiate grades and over for every dollar appropriated to pupils in the grade work.
Additional appropriation asked for by normal schools, $70,000. Additional appropriation asked for by university, $70,000.
Best Use for Available Funds.
The above figures are exceedingly significant. They show that, although Virginia has made great progress in her work that she she has still much to do, and it is a very proper and pertinent question to ask, How can the money which can be appropriated be divided to the best advantage? And the subordinate form of the question is of necessity when several needs are so apparent, the State certainly should have the school term lengthened from five and three-quarters months to eight months. To do this will require State appropriations of an additional sum of from $2,000,000 to $3,000,000.
The high schools should certainly receive $50,000 more in order to enable them to do efficient work. These two appropriations affect the great mass of the school population of the State, and the Legislature must carefully consider how it can meet these prime needs of the children of the Commonwealth.
High School Teachers Needed.
The establishment of high schools in the State has largely helped to supply the needs for teachers in the primary and grammar grades, and the four normal schools have sent out a large number of good teachers for the grade work. But the high schools need principals and assistant principals and teachers for high school grades. The present demand for efficient teachers is far greater than the supply.
The private colleges are furnishing many excelled teachers, but many more are needed. It is exceedingly