WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FIRST PUBLIC SCHOOL
Profile America — Monday, February 13th. This date marks the anniversary in 1635 of the organizing of America's first public school — the Boston Latin School — long before there was a United States. Established in April that year, among its later students were Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams. And this month in 1897, Phoebe Hearst and Alice Birney founded what is today known as the Parent Teacher Association, or PTA. Originally called the National Congress of Mothers, the organization now encourages both mothers and fathers to take part in school activities to improve the quality of their children's education. Today, there are over 49 million youngsters enrolled in elementary through high school, with an additional 8.6 million attending nursery school or kindergarten. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 838
School history/accessed 11/28/2016: http://www.bls.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=206116&type=d
PTA/accessed 11/28/2016: http://www.papta.org/domain/3
Student enrollment/Current Population Survey School Enrollment t. 1/All Races: http://www.census.gov/hhes/school/data/cps/2015/Tab01-01.xls
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau