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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 10, November 1955 - File 045. 1955-11. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 27, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/629/show/604.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 10, November 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 10, November 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date November 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 045
Transcript Does Federal aid mean Federal control? You are the government. Take this moment to focus your attention on an extremely important problem which affects the education of America's youth. The sound approach to more classrooms ... Federal Aid? "Federal aid is a pressing need." says Senator John Sparkman, Democral ot Alabama, who agrees wilh lhe Administration'- \i<-\\-. in tin* respect. "However the Republican hill hogs down in red tape." Local Control? "Federal aid," in llie opinion of Congressman Hruee -Alper, Kepiihlieein ol" Texas, "means federal control, which we ilo not want in education. If needed, let each state retain one per cent of income taxes tor use without federal direction." Sen vrou Sparkm sn : Should there be a federal eiiel program for schools? Almost everyone in public life recognizes theit there is a grceil pressing need for federal aid for schools. The President has said so. hi- commissioner of education has seiiel so. and the Democrats have been saying so for ei long lime. This country faces em educational crisis caused by lhe fact that while more and more children have been entering our schools everv year, there have been fewer and (ewer teachers and school buildings to lake care of them. Nobody "eun- his children to go to school in a fire trap; yel six million children were attending classes in lire hazard buildings leist year. Nobody wants his children to '50 to school part time or in shifts; yel almost a million children gel only hall a dav's schooling because of overcrowding. Everyone wemis his children io i.e taught bv properly trained teachers; yd lhe number of qualified men and women going into teaching each year is onlv half of the number that is needed. While our school system heis been deteriorating we've been silling around eunl arguing over who should rebuild it. This has been unfortunate. If lhe growing shortages of schools and teachers tell us eun thing, il is lhal lhe states and local communities, despite the large amounts they spend on education, cannol do lhe job alone. They jusl don't have the money. So il seem- to me thai these people who seiv. "Let lhe stales do it," arc really seiying, "Let's nol do' it eit eill." People who seiv this will be heard using the oldesi of arguments; thai i-. licit federal eiid io education is socialism. If Ihis is so then we've had socialism in this Countrv ever since ils birth. Since 1785, by actual count, Congress heis passed one hundred sixty-five federal aid lo education laws. 'I nomas Jeff- crseen -,.| aside land in every new state lor iln- support nl the schools. Abraham Lincoln established colleges with money from Ihe sale of governmenl kinds. Jefferson eunl Lincoln were soiiedi-t>? Under lhe li. I. Hill "f Rights, tax money paid for tin- education of millions of veterans and properly so. The education of our children is equally a- important as the (Continued mi I'age 44) Congressman Alger: More classrooms are needed throughout the nation. A shortage of three hundred thousand rooms resulted from building curtailment during the war and defense periods. Mso. thc mounting enrollment now requires fifty thousand rooms yearly, plus replacement of manv unsafe and unusable roeeni-. How 10 get these classrooms eis quickly and sensibly ee- possible is the problem. Currently, we are building more rooms than needed to inii'l lhe increasing enrollment, over sixty thousand rooms llii- year at an expenditure of over two billion dollars at lhe local and state level. At this accelerated rate we might well solve the problem. Yet some, declaring an emergency, are once again calling on our federal government to take a part. The questions that now arise are these: (1) Are we building fast enough or should we- accelerate? (2) Does recognition of a need automatically mean a federal solution? (3) If government is needed should it be federal or state? President Eisenhower in earnest concern over the need for classrooms has said. "For the purpose of meeting the emergency only and pending thc results of the nationwide conference, I propose a broad efforl to widen the accepted channels of financing school construction and lo increase materially the flow of private lending through them—without interference with the responsibility of state and local school systems." He proposed these recommendations: ll) Bond purchases by the federal government, for the purpose of helping those' communities handicapped in selling bonds at reasonable interest rates. i2l State school building agencies to enable lhe' stale lo help school districts needing financial help because of restrictive debt limits. (3) Grants jor school districts with proven need and lack of local income. 1 11 Grants jor administrative costs of state programs—to help states help themselves solve thc problem. These recommendations, while idealistically and sin- ceii'ly motivated, do not. to me, offer a practical solution within the President's expressed formula of doing so as (Continued on Page 44) FAi Is FORUM NEWS, Vo i,l„i. 1955 Page 43
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