Federal Relations to Education

Studebaker, John W.
March 1949
Education Digest;Mar1949, Vol. 14 Issue 7, p45
The article presents the thoughts of the author as he reminisces about his 14 years as U.S. Commissioner of Education. He points out that while the American educational system has been the marvel of the world, many states are facing difficulties in providing educational opportunities that are universally available and effectively free. Congress has been hesitant to legislate federal aid to education because of the fear that federal aid would weaken the independence of the states in the control of their educational systems. However, two simple principles in the drafting of such legislation can avoid this danger. On another matter, it is suggested that the Office of Education have independent status with its own board whose members would serve for long, overlapping terms.


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