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Nixon Praised for Sensitivity to Role of Non-public Schools

November 18, 1971
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President Nixon was praised today for his “display of a keen sensitivity to the role of the non-public schools as equal partners in the educational structure of our nation,” by Rabbi Moshe Sherer, executive president of Agudath Israel of America.

The Orthodox leader’s comments came at the conclusion today of a two-day conference at the Airlee House in Virginia, convened by the US Office of Education, which brought together the superintendents of the public schools of the largest cities in the country, with corresponding leaders of non-public education of all faiths.

Rabbi Sherer especially lauded the announcement at this conference by US Commissioner of Education Sidney G. Marland that the Nixon administration has appointed a special assistant commissioner, Dwight Crum, who will relate entirely to the problems and the needs of the non-public schools.

“Establishing a non-public school department in the US Office of Education is a major forward step in the recognition of the non-public schools and their public contribution to education, which should be welcomed by every American concerned with the needs of all our nation’s children without discrimination” Rabbi Sherer declared.

The joint conference of public and non-public school officials enabled them to discuss in depth all possible areas of mutual cooperation in their respective school systems as well as in their financial problems.

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