THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday, July 9, 1971
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BOOKS AND SUPPLIES
'Free' education: debate still on
By The Associated Press
Public education in Michigan
was made "free" by court order
nearly a year ago, but the sub-
ject still stirs debate among edu-
cators and parents.
Despite a Michigan Supreme
Court ruling last July 17 which
forbade public schools to charge
for textbooks and other class-
room materials, few educators
have kind words for the change.
Parents seem to show mixed
reactions to the order.
The Court's ruling held that
Michigan schools "are enjoined
from requiring or requesting any
student enrolled in any course
or recognized school activity to
furnish any textbooks or supplies
at his own expense."
That meant free texts, pencils,
erasers and paper, plus a halt to
charging fees for certain re-
quired courses such as physical
Chaos resulted in many school
systems where spending alloca-
tions were determined before the
In addition, there was wide-
spread hostility among adminis-
trators and confusion about the
"It just placed more burden
and more responsibility on the
school," said Ken Santer, Admin-
istrative Assistant for the Alle-
gan School District. "I'm hard
pressed to say there was any-
thing positive in the ruling."
Sater contended that parents
Allegan school officials have
talked with about the ruling
"were not in favor of it," main-
ly because of a belief that the
fee system meant a savings for
But the Ann Arbor mother
whose complaints in 1967 became
the basis for the suit leading to
the free textbook ruling says she
feels that it has helped.
"It gives. my children oppor-
tunities to go to school," Lillian
Bond said. "Two of my children
sere embarrassed when I didn't
have the money to pay for books.
With free books, I think the chil-
dren won't be embarrassed."
"With the five children I had,
it ran ine about $185. Now it costs
me nothing." Mrs. Bond reported.
Bond's efforts began when she
complained about the fees to
Mrs. Arthur Carpenter, wife of
an Ann Arbor lawyer for whom
she worked. Carpenter took an
interest in the case and enlisted
Dr. Daniel Fusfeld, a University
economist, to join Mrs. Bond as a
Fusfeld and Bond joined in a
class action on behalf of all par-
ents in the Ann Arbor school dis-
Carpenter said he has no re-
grets about what the suit ay
have cost the state sc O'ol 'y.
tems. "I don't care if the auier
tendents have to scramile a lit-
tIe. I think any kid should he tlk
to go to school without a nickel
in his pocket and lift his heAd up.
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