It was difficult to establish free public education in colonial Pennsylvania. People did not oppose schools; rather, they objected to the methods to provide them.

School development went through many legislative acts. In 1809, a system called the “pauper schools” was put into place. As a result, the Legislative Act of April 1, 1834, provided for education in common schools in Pennsylvania.

Elsie Morey, member of the board of directors of the Cumberland Township Historical Society.

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