STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURES ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
Total amount derived from State and local taxation, expended
on the public schools from 1870-'71 to 1887-'88—18 years $19,531,981 66
In the above amount are not included the following two
1st. Appropriations from the Peabody Education Fund, from
1868 to 1886 inclusive, expended on private and public
schools, normal schools and institutes, both white and col-
" ored pupils receiving the benefits thereof. 281,134 00
•id. Private contributions to public schools. 324,926 59
Cost of Negro Education.
Oost of negro education in the public schools, including total
current expenses for 18 years. $3,967,290 60
Cost of permanent improvements—sites, buildings, school
equipments, &c, one-fourth of whole amount... 529,400 75
Total cost of negro education in the public schools $4,496,691 35
It is found that the cost of negro education in the public
schools compared with white is in the proportion of 70 to 100.
This is due to the fact that for the 18 years of the public school
system, the negro schools average 30 pupils to the school,
while white average only 24 pupils to the school. Again, in
many districts teachers are paid according to the grade of
their certificates. Negro teachers, as a rule, have more of
the low grade certificates.
Amount from Agricultural Land-scrip to Hampton Normal
and Agricultural Institute to 1888 ... . . 164,050 00
Amount appropriated by the State to the Virginia Normal and
Collegiate Institute to 1888 247,000 00
rotal number of schools for the year 1887-8 j ^,h^d | ^|
The negro schools, it is seen, are a little above two-sevenths
of the whole.
Total cost of the public schools for the year 1887-8. . $1,558,352 70
Estimated cost of negro schools, one-fourth of
total cost . ' . . $389,5S8 18
Amount of Federal Land-scrip fund to Hamp¬
ton Normal and Agricultural Institute. 10,329 36
Annuity to Virginia Normal and Collegiate In¬
stitute 20,000 00
Total cost of negro schools, as per estimate . . . $419,917 54
The cost, therefore, of negro education for the year 1887-8 can
be safely estimated, in round numbers, at not less than 400,000 00
(and this leaving out the Hampton Institute.)