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Wake County Public Schools – in 1907

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School no. 5, Swift Creek township, 1907The Biennial report for Wake County Public Schools from 1907 gives us an interesting look at public schools at that time. Some of the issues mentioned are similar to what we hear today. There is a need for new schools, more funding, increased teacher pay, and a need to keep students in school. Others issues, however, are very different from today.

At the time, Wake County spent $3.00/year per school age child. This was above the average in North Carolina, which was $2.63 per child. If we compare $3.00 in 1907 dollars to 2012 dollars using an income value index, it comes to $395/student.

Wake County spent about $7880.37/student during the 2011-12 school year, according to statistics available through the NC Department of Public Instruction website. If we put that figure in 1907 dollars, using the same income value index, it would come to $59.90. (These calculations were made via Measuring Worth and are subject to interpretation.)

Images of school houses are found throughout this report. Plans for new school buildings are also included. Small rooms to house coal are included in the plans, giving yet another snapshot of daily life during that time.

Librarians and media specialists may be interested in the statistics provided on school libraries in Wake County, beginning on print page 31 (digital page 37). Schools were clearly segregated at the time. From the list, it appears only one school serving African American children had a library.

North Carolina’s high illiteracy rate, and the idea of moving to a graded system are mentioned. It’s amazing to see just how different life was in Wake County was in 1907, through just one biennial report.



Free Webinar June 24th: BLNC – Your Answers to Business Questions

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BLNC:  Your Answers to Business Questions

On June 24th, at 2 pm the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library will host a free webinar on BLNC, Business Link North Carolina.  BLNC, a free service offered to North Carolinians by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, contains a wealth of information on how to start a small business. Librarians and others can better assist their business community and entrepreneurs by learning what this great resource has to offer.  BLNC can help your community members start their own business with:

  • ŸBusiness forms
  • licenses and permits
  • business plan resources
  • employer requirements
  • tax info
  • financial resources
  • minority resources
  • government contracting (more…)

State Doc Pick of the Week : Gender, race & class : enduring inequities in later life : a North Carolina perspective

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The population of North Carolina is getting older, and with an older population comes a higher demand of medical and support services. But age is not the only factor that contributes to the needs of the population; gender, race and class are important factors as well.  To better understand and serve the needs of North Carolina’s older population, it is important to understand its demographics. This document, produced by the UNC Institute of Aging, presents statistics on the aging population, including facts such as racial composition, Medicaid eligibility, life expectancy, etc.

This publication can be downloaded, printed, saved, and viewed by clicking here.

State Doc Pick of the Week: Healthy North Carolina 2020: a better state of health

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Happy 2013! This is the time of year when a lot of people switch gears from indulging on holiday dishes to taking a step back and focusing on their health for the upcoming year. The state of North Carolina also has some resolutions concerning the health of its citizens, and this document describes the state’s ten year plan to improve the health of North Carolinians. Over the past 20 years, North Carolina has ranked in, or close to, the bottom third of all states for many major health indicators. This 2020 plan covers 13 health objectives the state will address: tobacco use, physical activity and nutrition, injury and violence, maternal and infant health, sexually transmitted disease and unintended pregnancy, substance abuse, mental health, oral health, environmental health, infectious disease and food-borne illness, social determinants of health, chronic disease and cross-cutting. Each section includes statistics and strategies on improving these areas to increase the overall health of the state over the next ten years.

This publication can be downloaded, printed, saved, and viewed by clicking here.

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