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This Day in Georgia History

December 25, 1896

State Schoolbook Commission Created

Gov. William Y. Atkinson approved a joint resolution creating a state Schoolbook Commission to “enquire into the methods that obtain in other States of furnishing schoolbooks for the common schools and to devise and recommend some plan for providing schoolbooks for the Georgia schools at more reasonable cost, if possible.” The resolution further directed local school boards not to enter into any long term contracts for purchasing school books until the commission has made its report.