Policy: The Conant Compact

Two years ago, James B. Conant proposed that the states get together to end what he called "the politics of frustration," through which "a jumble of influential private and public bodies" somehow create the nation's educational policy. Last week more than 300 legislators, state Governors, public-school officials and university presidents gathered in the Grand Ballroom of Chicago's Sherman House for an organizational meeting sparked by Conant's proposal, which goes under the grand name of "the Compact for Education."

Basic aim of the Compact, which was assembled principally by North Carolina's ex-Governor Terry Sanford, is to bring together the people with...

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