AA School District Legal Status
The legal basis for public education in the Falmouth Public Schools is vested in the will of the people as expressed in the Constitution of Massachusetts and state statutes pertaining to education.
Under the General Laws of Massachusetts,
"... Every town shall maintain... a sufficient number of schools for the instruction of all children who may legally attend a public school therein."
The public educational system of Falmouth structurally is a department of the town operated under laws pertaining to education and under regulations of the Massachusetts Board of Education. The area served by the Falmouth Public Schools is coterminous with the Town of Falmouth.
Established by law.
LEGAL REFS.: Constitution of Massachusetts, Part II, Chapter V, Section II
Falmouth Town Charter, Article IV, Section C4-1 (B), C4-4
CROSS REF.: BB, School Committee Legal Status
Historical Note: Massachusetts has the oldest public school system in the nation. Dating back to 1647, the laws of the Massachusetts Bay Colony required towns to provide a program of public education. The first record of providing public education in Falmouth was in 1714.