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SUPPORT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS
COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
H. R. 5962
TO PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE THROUGH THE
MARCH 30 AND 31
APRIL 1, 2, 6, 8, AND 13, 1937
Printed for the use of the Committee on Education
Thomas F. Cadwallader, representing the Sentinels of the Republic,
Dr. Howard A. Dawson, director of rural service, National Education
Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois, professor of sociology, Atlanta University,
Walter C. Eells, professor of education, Stanford University, Califor-
Sidney B. Hall, State superintendent of public instruction of the
James L. Hanley, assistant superintendent of schools, Providence, R. I.,
M. E. Harlan, mayor, El Paso, Tex-
Charles H. Houston, special counsel for the National Association for
Rev. Father George Johnson, secretary general, National Catholic
Dr. J. R. Mahoney, professor of economics, University of Utah.
Dr. Charles Maxwell, president, Pennsylvania State Educational As-
Dr. Paul Mort, professor of education, Teachers College, Columbia
Hon. Robert L. Mouton, Representative in Congress from the State
Hon. Wright Patman, Representative in Congress from the State of
Hon. Jennings Randolph, Representative in Congress from the State
Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Ready, general secretary, National Catho-
Hon. Will Rogers, Representative in Congress from the State of Okla-
John T. Taylor, general counsel of the American Legion, Washington,
Hon. David D. Terry, Representative in Congress from the State of
FEDERAL AID TO THE STATES FOR THE SUPPORT OF
TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 1937
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
The committee met in the committee room of the World War Veterans' Committee, House Office Building, at 10:30 a. m., Hon. Vincent L. Palmisano (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order. Before proceeding with the hearing, I will take this opportunity to thank Congressman Rankin for extending to this committee the use of this splendid committee room of the World War Veterans' Committee. The regular committee room of the Committee on Education is not large enough to consider a bill of this kind when there is so much interest manifested throughout the country as evidenced by this large attendance, and I am sure my colleagues join with me in thanking Mr. Rankin.
We are considering H. R. 5962, which was introduced yesterday, involving the same principles as the former Fletcher bill, H. Ř.
I understand that Dr. Sidney B. Hall, State superintendent of education of Virginia will take charge of the hearing, announcing the speakers, and so forth. May I ask at this time if there are any here in opposition to this bill who want time to be heard?
Mr. ELMER E. ROGERS. I have no desire to testify today, but some time during the hearing, while we are in favor of Federal aid, we desire that the bill be modified in some particulars. That is the only opposition we will have to it.
The CHAIRMAN. In the present form you are opposed to the bill? Mr. ROGERS. We favor all of the features of the bill except one. We would like to have the terms "public education" and "public schools" defined to mean tax-supported free public schools and taxsupported free public education. That is practically the only opposition that we will make to it, and that will be true of probably five other witnesses.
Mr. MASON. May I suggest that this new bill which has been introduced, H. R. 5962, is different from H. R. 2288 in the particulars that you mention?
Mr. ROGERS. I am very glad to hear that.
Mr. MASON. Have you made a study of the new bill?
Mr. ROGERS. I am very glad to have Congressman Mason bring that to my attention and I shall study it.