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New York passes a comprehensive truancy law

New York, 1857, zoomable map
The New York state legislature passes the first state truancy act in the nation.  The law provides for a fifty dollar fine for parents allowing their children between five and fifteen to miss school. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 677.


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