Page images
PDF
EPUB

cation crisis in the District of Columbia which exists from kindergarten through college level education.

I wish to proceed with dispatch. In some instances it will be necessary to limit the time of some witnesses but I want to have a full and comprehensive record.

There will be included at this point in the hearing record correspondence from the District of Columbia Commissioners on S. 293 and S. 1612. There will also be included in the record a report signed by Mr. Wesley S. Williams, President of the District of Columbia Board of Education, endorsing S. 293.

In addition there will be printed in the hearing record a booklet entitled, "A Report to the President," which is the final report of the President's Committee on Public Higher Education in the District of Columbia, published in June of 1964.

Senator Gale McGee, who cosponsored my bill, S. 293, desired very much to be here this morning to testify in support of S. 293. However, his busy schedule does not permit him to be here.

Therefore, he asked me to have his statement made a part of the hearing record on this legislation and I insert that statement at this point.

(The documents referred to follows:)

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

EXECUTIVE OFFICE,

Washington, D.C., May 18, 1965.

Hon. ALAN BIBLE,

Chairman, Committee on the District of Columbia,
U.S. Senate,

Washington, D.C.

DEAR SENATOR BIBLE: The Commissioners of the District of Columbia have for report S. 293, a bill to authorize the establishment of a public community college and a public college of arts and sciences in the District of Columbia.

The first section of the bill gives it the title "District of Columbia Public Higher Education Act."

Section 2 contains definitions, "public college of arts and sciences," "public community college," "Board of Higher Education," and "Board of Education."

Section 3(a) provides for control of the colleges by a Board of Higher Education, consisting of nine members, not less than five being District residents for at least 5 years before appointment. The members are appointed by the judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for 6-year terms, without compensation, and may be removed in the same manner as are members of the Board of Education, i.e., for cause.

Section 3(b) provides for a Board of Higher Education Nominating Committee of seven members, four of whom shall have been 5-year District residents at time of appointment. This Committee is also appointed by the judges. The members would serve 6-year terms, without compensation, and may be removed in the same manner as members of the Board of Education. The Committee is required to submit to the judges 27 initial nominees for the Board and thereafter 3 nominees for each vacancy.

Section 3(c) provides that the Commissioners and the Board of Education may furnish the Board of Higher Education available space, records, information, services, personnel, offices, and equipment.

Section 4(a) provides for the merger of the District of Columbia Teachers College into the public college of arts and sciences.

Section 4(b) continues the laboratory schools of the Teachers College under the control of the Board of Education.

Section 5(a) sets out powers of the Board of Higher Education which includes preparing plans for and establishing the colleges, appointing presidents of the colleges and administrative, educational and noneducational employees recommended by the presidents, accrediting junior colleges, awarding degrees from the public colleges and making necessary rules and regulations.

Section 5(b) provides for a 90-day waiting period between the time plans for the colleges are submitted to Congress and the establishment of the colleges.

Section 5(c) provides for transmittal annually by the Board of Higher Education to the Commissioners of an estimate of the money required and the Commissioners are directed to transmit such estimate to Congress, along with their recommendations thereon.

Section 6 provides that obligations and disbursements under this legislation shall be made, incurred, and accounted for in the same manner as other obligations and disbursements for the District of Columbia.

Section 7 amends the act relating to the Board of Education to insert references to the Board of Higher Education, where appropriate.

The Commissioners strongly favor the establishment in the District of Columbia of a public community college and a public college of arts and sciences. However, they believe that such legislation should contain provisions for substantial participation in the establishment and operation of the colleges by the Commissioners, including the selection of the Board of Higher Education, consistent with the responsibilities placed on the Commissioners by the Congress as the executive officers of the government of the District of Columbia. The Commissioners also feel that the budget estimates of the Board of Higher Education should be handled in the manner in which budget estimates of the Board of Education are presently handled; namely, the Commissioners submit their budget estimates to the Bureau of the Budget including items for the public schools but they are not required to forward recommendations of subordinate agencies of the District government. In addition, the Commissioners believe that legislation establishing a public community college and a public college of arts and sciences should authorize acceptance of gifts and voluntary services for the colleges.

A bill proposed by the President (House Doc. 123) and introduced as S. 1612 contains the above-mentioned provisions which the Commissioners believe necessary to a public higher education statute for the District of Columbia. S. 1612 also contains other provisions which the Commissioners believe will facilitate the establishment and operation of the colleges. Therefore, the Commissioners recommend that the bill submitted by the President be enacted, in lieu of S. 293.

The Commissioners have been advised by the Bureau of the Budget that this report is in accord with the program of the President. Sincerely yours,

WALTER N. TOBRINER,

President, Board of Commissioners, District of Columbia.

Hon. ALAN BIBLE,

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

EXECUTIVE OFFICE, Washington, D.C., February 10, 1966.

Chairman, Committee on the District of Columbia,
U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.

DEAR SENATOR BIBLE: The Commissioners of the District of Columbia have for report S. 1612, 89th Congress, a bill to establish a Board of Higher Education to plan, establish, organize, and operate a public community college and a public college of arts and sciences in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes. This bill was proposed by the President (House Doc. 123). As its title indicates, the purpose of the bill is to provide for the establishment in the District of Columbia of a public community college and a public college of arts and sciences. The first section of the bill gives the legislation the title "District of Columbia Public Higher Education Act of 1965” (presumably to be changed to “1966”). Section 2 contains definitions.

Section 3 establishes the Board of Higher Education, provides for appointment of its members by the Commissioners, the members' terms, the Commissioners' removal power and appointment by the Commissioners of a nominating committee. The section also provides that members of the Board shall serve without compensation and that they shall not be personally liable in damages for Board actions.

Section 4 vests the Board of Higher Education with powers and duties, including the developing of plans and the establishment, organization, and operation of the public college of arts and sciences and public community college, the establishing of policy, standards, and requirements governing admissions, programs, graduation, and administration of the colleges, employment of personnel, establishment of tuition and fees, transmittal of estimates of appropria

tions, and submission of recommendations concerning legislation affecting the colleges. The section also provides for acceptance of services and money for the colleges, with the Commissioners' approval, the making of rules and regulations to achieve the purposes of the bill, and assumption by the Board of control of the District of Columbia Teachers College.

Section 5 directs the Commissioners and the Board of Education to furnish to the Board of Higher Education such space, facilities, records, information, services, personnel and offices, as may be available.

Section 6 provides that obligations and disbursements for the purposes of this legislation shall be incurred, made, and accounted for in the same manner as other obligations and disbursements for the District of Columbia and under the direction and control of the Commissioners.

Section 7 contains conforming amendments of existing law.

Section 8 authorizes appropriations to carry out the purposes of the bill.

As the President's message to the Congress states, this legislation was proposed on the recommendation of his distinguished Committee on Public Higher Education in the District of Columbia which, after study of the availability of higher education in the District, submitted proposals in its report which have been incorporated in this bill.

The Commissioners concur in the conclusions of the Presidential report concerning the need for a public community college and a public college of arts and sciences in the District of Columbia and believe that the provisions of the bill will meet these needs. Therefore, they strongly urge the enactment of the bill. The Commissioners have been advised by the Bureau of the Budget that there would be no objection to the submission of this report to the Congress and that enactment of the bill would be in accord with the program of the President. Sincerely yours,

WALTER N. TOBRINER,

President, Board of Commissioners, District of Columbia.

Mr. CHESTER H. SMITH,

BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

Washington, D.C., February 18, 1965.

Staff Director, Committee on the District of Columbia,
U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.

DEAR MR. SMITH: As President of the Board of Education of the District of Columbia, I wish to state the the Board heartily endorses S. 293, a bill pending before the Committee on the District of Columbia. This act cited as the "District of Columbia Public Higher Education Act" authorizes the establishment of a public community college and a public college of arts and sciences in the District of Columbia.

This bill is meritorious and desirable for the following reasons:

1. It provides the city of Washington with a 4-year program in the arts and sciences including but not limited to courses in teacher education which is acceptable for a bachelor's degree, a master's degree with additional program of study, or courses on an individual noncredit basis for those desiring to further their education without seeking a degree. This is a new and vital program which is badly needed in our city.

2. Further it provides for a public community college to provide a 2-year program which is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor's degree or a degree of associate in arts. This, too, is a landmark in our educational system which we have desired for a long while. It fills a gap which will be highly beneficial for many of our citizens who wish to further their education but are not ready, at the time, to pursue a 4-year program of studies. The Board of Education of the District of Columbia unanimously approves of this bill and hopes that it will be enacted into law at the earliest possible date. Sincerely yours,

WESLEY S. WILLIAMS, President, Board of Education.

A Report

to the PRESIDENT

JUNE 1964

Public Higher Education
in the

District of Columbia

15

« PreviousContinue »