In 1843 the Legislative Council of Florida passed two acts pertaining to education ; one providing that “the sheriff of the several counties . . . be Commissioners of school’lands in their respective counties.” Each was to rent or lease the land and retain ten percent as commission. The remainder of the proceeds was to be paid to the county treasurer at the beginning of the year. The county court was to appropriate the fun.ds thus accruing “to the education of the poor children of the County in which such land was situated.“l In 1844 another act was passed which provided that the people of the township elect trustees to administer the land.
Pyburn, Nita Katharine
"John Westcott’s Plan for Public Education in Florida, 1844,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 27
, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol27/iss3/6