Why Private Schools Merit Public Aid

"Why Private Schools Merit Public Aid," The Washington Post, March 5, 1978.

Excerpt: In his message to Congress on elementary and secondary education in late February, President Carter observed that “private schools-particularly parochial schools — are an important part of our diverse educational system.”

He thereupon unveiled the second half of a $12.9 billion education program — the college portion having been announced days earlier — put together in large part for the purpose of blocking a congressional initiative that would provide aid to persons attending those private and parochial schools. That the Administration’s alternative does nothing of the sort, despite the President’s appreciation of the value of these institutions, suggests the general difficulty contemporary liberalism has with the concepts of “public” and “private” in many spheres of social policy.

National Private Schools Merit Public Aid