ERIC Number: ED029837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Reference Count: 0
Educational Responsibilities of the Federal Government.
Educational Policies Commission, Washington, DC.
The federal government has not come close to fulfillment of its educational responsibilities. The problem will not be solved short of radical changes in the status of education at the national level and a greatly enlarged awareness of the responsibilities of those who wield national power. The changes are needed in two areas: federal policy and federal structure. The policy change relates to the amount and type of federal participation in the support of education. Federal funds are needed on a larger scale and should be appropriated for general education purposes. But since large-scale, general support has not been possible (while categorical grants have demonstrated their attractiveness), vigorous efforts should be made to modify categorical grants in terms of large appropriations for more categories and at lower educational levels. The struggle for adequate federal policies affecting education is intimately tied up with the question of an adequate federal structure for the administration of educational affairs. The structure most to be recommended for the permanency and depth of its influence and capacity to serve is a department of education with full Cabinet status. (Included with discussion of these recommendations is a brief history of the federal interest in public education in the U.S. and examination of eight principles "which have their roots in traditional American values" and which "ought to be observed in federal relations to education.") (JS)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Educational Policy, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Government Role, Governmental Structure, Public Education
National Education Association, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (Clothbound, $l.25; paper self-cover, $0.35; discounts on quantity orders).
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Authoring Institution: Educational Policies Commission, Washington, DC.