A talk presented on March 11, 1959, to the Council of Directors and Supervisors of the Los Angeles City Board of Education. Granting the case for a minimum compulsory education for everyone and public financial support for this minimum education, the desirability of the sole operation of the school system by public entities is questioned. Public financial support of private schools and the freedom of choice of schools by students within the system could bring about an improvement in the quality and productivity of both public and private schools. This improvement could be achieved through the reinstitution of the merit and differential pay system for teachers, ensuring that the skilled, competent people would remain in the school system and that the best young people would be attracted to education as a career.
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