Education: That Suffocating Federal Help

Never, since it was founded in 1844 by free-will Baptists, has fiercely independent Hillsdale College in southern Michigan accepted a cent from the federal, state or local government. This fall, nonetheless, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare informed Hillsdale that even if only one of the college's 1,100 students receives a federal grant, the entire college is considered a "recipient institution." Hillsdale trustees were outraged; they called the federal regulations "immoral and illegal" violations of the school's "inalienable rights of freedom," and announced that the college would try to find legal ways...

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