Education and Gainful Employment

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“the power to dictate or interfere with education in the States was wholly beyond its enumerated powers; but in 1862, in the midst of the Civil War, the advocates of this measure caused its passage a second time and Lincoln signed it. This was the beginning of one of the most alarming progressive usurpations ever inflicted upon the people of the States, nor are its evils yet fully accomplished, namely, the assumption of power by Congress to control all education in the States.

“The history of federal intermeddling with the States’ reserved authority over education is the record of a costly scramble on the part of a number of distinct departments and administrative agencies to “muscle in” and dominate this field with the direction of more than 29,000,000 children enrolled in our public and private schools. This is an objective not unworthy of the aims of the most ambitious bureaucrat.

“In this rivalry we now find the active participants to be the Department of the Interior, and its own bureau, the U. S. Office of Education; the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Labor, through its Children’s Bureau; the War Department, the Navy Department, the Federal Radio Commission and the Federal Board of Vocational Education. This federal intrusion into the field of State education had its beginning in the Morrill Act, which allotted public lands to such States as would establish agricultural colleges, teaching agriculture and the mechanic arts, “including military tactics”, in the proportion of 30,000 acres for each Senator and Representative of such State. The Secretary of the Interior was designated to administer the act. In 1866 an amendment to the act required such colleges to report to the Secretary, thus “following the gifts” into the accepting States.

In 1869 the Commissioner of Education, in the Interior Department, was given administration of the subventions of these so-called “land grant” colleges, and he now administers an annual appropriation of $2,550,000 for them with a tightening grip upon their direction.”

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One Response to “Education and Gainful Employment”

  • The bottom line is that gainful employment will not accomplish the DOE’s goals to protect the little guy. The regulations in Gainful Employment are so strict that For-Profits will not be able to offer a lot of classes or even in some cases offer Bachelor’s degree programs. Because the median income is lower for females and minorities and according to Gainful Employment a Bachelor’s degree conveys a greater increase in earning, they will be unintentionally harmed by the new regulations.

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