The Blair Education Bill: A Lost Opportunity in American Public Education

  title={The Blair Education Bill: A Lost Opportunity in American Public Education},
  author={Jeffery A. Jenkins and Justin Peck},
  journal={Studies in American Political Development},
  pages={146 - 170}
Through the 1880s, Senator Henry Blair (R-NH) spearheaded an effort to erode local control of education by turning Congress into a source of funds and oversight for state-level primary and secondary schools. The Blair Bill won support from an interregional, interracial, bipartisan coalition. It passed in the Senate on three separate occasions, was endorsed by presidents, and was a frequent topic of discussion among party elites. Yet in 1890 the bill failed for the last time, and local control… Expand


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