Federal Aid for Education

Federal Aid for Education

Federal Aid for Education

Federal Aid for Education

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The interest of the federal government in educational welfare has been evident at various periods throughout our history, beginning with the earliest land grants for the benefit of public education and institutions of higher learning. Since 1918 there has been wide advocacy for a broader base of educational aid by the federal government, through financial grants in the interests of public education in general.

Two Presidential Advisory Committees on Education, the Hoover Committee of 1931 and the Roosevelt Committee reporting in 1938, have informed the country on educational conditions and announced their approval of such extension of federal activity. It has been supported extensively also by individuals and national organizations, more notably by educators and the National Education Association which has sponsored on several occasions proposed federal legislation for increasing educational opportunities for all.

Two earlier numbers of the Reference Shelf, Federal Aid to Education by the present compiler (1933) and Federal Aid for Equalization of Educational Opportunity compiled by Helen M. Muller (1934) are now out of print. These are doubtless still accessible in libraries and other institutions. In view of the considerable amount of recent discussion, the present compilation is supplementary to the earlier materials, and covers more particularly the last eight years.

In the preparation of this material the needs of debaters and of the general reader desiring a quick and comprehensive view of the pros and cons of the issue have predominantly been kept in mind. In addition to the bibliography for convenience in wider reading, a summary of some of the more outstanding . . .

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