common school

noun

Definition of common school

: a free public school

Examples of common school in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bolles quoted the Arizona Constitution that mandated the legislature to provide a system of common schools for all pupils. Richard Ruelas, AZCentral.com, "Don Bolles files: The bill that turned a reporter and father into an advocate for children," 30 Dec. 2019 Another big chunk comes from natural gas utilities – money that may be restricted to the common school fund. oregonlive.com, "Senate Republican walkout: What do they want?," 21 June 2019 Gedge filed a lawsuit in February 2016 in Marion Superior Court charging the IMPD and prosecutors with violating the Indiana Constitution by not forwarding forfeiture funds to the common school fund. Fatima Hussein, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana one step closer to forfeiture reform," 4 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of common school

1575, in the meaning defined above

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“Common school.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/common%20school. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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