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Page 14-Friday, August 3, 1979-The Michigan Daily
'U' officials comment on proposed Education Dept.
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it woin't save any money." expensive operation of the sluggish department of pansion of federal control."
Despite the problems he foresees if the legislation is HEW. But opponents said they believe the bills are A NEW DEPARTMENT with fewer employees
enacted, Choen said he supports the measure because inadequate in these areas. would lead to some savings and "reduce overlap and
under the "right" leadership, the benefits could be Carolyn Sladick, an aide for Rep. JOhn Erlenborn duplicaiton that exists now" in HEW, Hansell asserted.
"substantial" in the long run. (R-Ill.), an outspoken critic of the proposal and mem- Rep. Carl Pursell (D-Ann Arbor) claimed the
In consultation with Chairman of the Committee on ber of the conference committee, said, "We believe the proposed education unit would simply be a "lateral
Government Operations Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D- bill will lead to a federal education policy. It will lead to transfer" from HEW, but it "will be a big step forward
Conn), Cohen suggested the need for a post-secondary federal control." in terms of efficiency."
education assistant secretary to protect higher INSTEAD OF creating a new unit, she said, Erlen- "The priority of education tended to get lost in
education. Both versions of the bill contain this born has suggested funding universities with federal HEW," Pursell added.
position. block grants that could be used for a wide variety of The success and effect of the proposed department
Cohen said he was "not optimistic" the legislation purposes will depend on the leadership of the new secretary,
would be passed because of the amendmentsaon the Iq opposition to these contentions, Sen. Carl Levin Pursell said. He also pointed out that the Department
House version, which allow voluntary prayer, and ban (D-Mich.), advocates a separate department to of Energy had "problems with leadership" under
school busing for desegregation and the use of racial guarantee a "some what higher priority for education Secretsry James Schlesinger, who recently resigned
and sexual quotas for college admission. in the federal government," according to Levin s aide from the Carter cabinet.
"IF THEY don't take3 those riders off (in conference David Hansell. In the past two years, students have received more
committee), I think it would be defeated. I hope it A new cabinet secretary, Hansell said, could devote money for education in federal grants, loans, and
would be defeated," said Cohen. more time exclusively to education than could the work/study funds, and this would continue in a new
In writing the bills,alawmakers stressed theneed to secretary of HEW. The Levin aide said both the House department, said Pursell, who is on the HEW ap-
maintain local autonomy and cited the ineffective and and Senate versions include "prohibitions against ex- propriations committee.

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