Education: Aid Without Control

Federal aid to education is no longer a slogan but rather a massive fact. According to Oregon's Representative Edith Green, sponsor of the Administration's $1.5 billion college-aid bill, the 85th Congress alone considered 683 education bills.* The current federal outlay for 689 education programs amounts to $2 billion a year, dispensed by about 40 separate agencies. "This makes it impossible," says Mrs. Green, "for any member of Congress to know what is being done." The aid comes with strings—not so much crippling directives as warping pressures. Since it traditionally gives aid only...

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