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Consequences of the Immigration Boom on Public Education

Most of the settlers in North Dakota were young families looking to set down roots. With young families, inevitably, came children. Statistical data for enrollment provided by the reports of the Superintendent of Public Instruction demonstrated that enrollment in schools across the state increased from 56,255 children in 1897 to 151,647 children in 1915, nearly tripling the number of enrolled school-age children in North Dakota.

To meet the requirements of new legislation that mandated quality, standardized education for all children, North Dakota required increasing numbers of teachers. As consequence, during this same period, the number of teachers employed across the state similarly grew from 2,448 in 1897 to 8,093 in 1915.