|To the Congress of the United States:
For the consideration of the Congress, I herewith propose a plan of Federal cooperation with the States, designed to give our school children as quickly as possible the classrooms they must have.
Because of the magnitude of the job, but more fundamentally because of the undeniable importance of free education to a free way of life, the means we take to provide our children with proper classrooms must be weighed most carefully. The phrase "free education" is a deliberate choice. For unless education continues to be free--free in its response to local community needs, free from any suggestion of political domination, and free from impediments to the pursuit of knowledge by teachers and students--it will cease to serve the purposes of free men.
STATE AND LOCAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR EDUCATION
A distinguishing characteristic of our Nation--and a great strength--is the development of our institutions within the concept of individua ...read full document