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The Finance of Education.…

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The Finance of Education. t NEED FOR MORE IMPERIAL AID. At a meeting of the Spencer Club, held in the Imperial Hotel, Birmingham, Mr. Marshall Jackman (president of the National Union of Teachers, and a member of the Consultative Committee to the Board of Education) delivered an address on More Imperial Aid for Education." Mr. Jackman contended that education was a national service, and said some people wished to make it entirely a national charge He disagreed with this idea, urging that it would make the administration bureaucratic and lead to lack of emulation. The great advance in national education made during the 'ast forty years had been largely due to the spirit of emulation among the school boards oi the country. Accord- ing to the Board of Education statistics for 1908 elementary education cost 22 millions, of which about 11 millions, or 50 per cent. came from Imperial sources. It was a strange thing that during recent years, when new obligations had been imposed by the Imperial Parliament on local educational authorities, the grant from the Exchequer was growing less, not only proportionately, but actually. In igio it was 6420,0o0 less than in 1907. In 1908 the falling off in Im. perial aid amounted to 7270,000, while the increase in the rates was £ 220,000. Recent- ly the FEEDING AND MEDICAL INSPECTION OF CHILDREN had been in. posed on the local authorities, and the cost of these two serves was in- creasing each year. Mr. Runnman's recent regulations -with regard to reducing the size of classes to 60 would impose a further con- siderable charge on local authorities. Re- lief was urgently needed. Up to* the present time political exigencies had prevented promised grants being paid, but they had a right to look forward to some of the surplus in 1he near future to go towards (1) the substantial relief of localities; (2) the reduc. ing of existing inequalities; and (3) the en. couragement of improvements. Mr. Jack. man contended" that at least 75 per cent. of the cost of -education should be borne by the Imperial Exchequer. In New Zealand, with 141,000 children, the school aid amounted to Z775,000, while the local rates were less than ^13,000. Birmingham with 83,000 children in school attendance, more than half of those in New Zealand, only received £ 177,000 in the shape of Imperial aid. If the same aid were given Birmingham from the Imperial Exchequer as was given the educational authorities in New Zealand she would receive £ 440.000. The staffing of schools ought to be one of the tests of claim for increased grant. In conclusion, Mr. Jackman urged upon the Government the necessity of making increased grants as soon as possible, and as a rough and ready method of meeting the present difficulty he suggested the present system of special grants should be extended.

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THE VOICE OF THE rEOPLE.