1845The School Committee proposed a townwide school system, which was adopted.Government and Public Service, City Government, Education

The problem with public education during this period was that it was left to the districts themselves, rather than the town as a whole. Since many districts were too small or poor to support a grammar school, the system fell apart.

Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Gloucester [Mass.] Procter brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog Gloucester City Archives, CC215, Box 53
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