WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
TEACH THE CHILDRENProfile America — Saturday, November 12th. Public education in the U.S. traces its birth to very early in the Colonial era. This month in 1647, the Massachusetts Bay Colony authorities ordered that every township with 50 or more householders assign at least one person to teach children to read and write. The teachers would be paid by the children's parents or the general village population. Towns of 100 or more householders were required to establish schools with headmasters and instruction to prepare children for still higher education. Educating the young has been a growing priority for state and local governments ever since. State and local governments together spend a combined $8.7 billion on education annually. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov. Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 3045State & local government education expenditures: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/SLF/2013/SLF003 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).