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In the 1880s, some school districts enforced rules preventing teachers from marrying to maintain a professional image and avoid distractions. Any relationships or personal matters were seen as potentially interfering with a teacher's commitment to their job and the students. This policy was based on the belief that unmarried teachers could better focus on their work and maintain high standards of professionalism.

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