Education: Little Red Poorhouse

By 1965, unless school funds match increasing enrollments, the U.S. will be a pauper in the midst of plenty. So declared the National Citizens Commission for the Public Schools, in a sobering 62-page forecast on school finance issued last week.

Key facts and figures.

¶ If the present tendency toward larger families continues as predicted, 48 million children will be of school age (5 to 17) by 1965, one-third more than this year's total. Merely to provide them with 1954-style facilities will boost annual school expenses from around $10 billion to at least $13.5 billion.

¶ To absorb the increase in pupils and...

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