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HEARING ON THE BILL TO CREATE AN EXECUTIVE
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D. C., Wednesday, February 2, 1910. The committee met this day at 10.30 o'clock a. m., Hon. James Francis Burke (chairman) presiding.
The following members of the committee were present: Messrs. James Francis Burke, Andrew J. Volstead, Moses P. Kinkaid, James Carson Needham, John G. Grant, Asbury F. Lever, Finis J. Garrett, Robert C. Wickliffe.
The CHAIRMAN. Gentlemen, we have called this meeting this morning for the purpose of hearing Mr. Goulden and such other persons as desire to be heard in connection with House bill 12318, to create an executive department of education under the Federal Government. If there is no objection, we will first hear from Mr. Goulden in explanation of his bill, and then we will allow him to allot the remaining time to suit himself.
STATEMENT OF HON. JOSEPH A. GOULDEN, A REPRESENTA
TIVE IN CONGRESS FROM THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
Mr. GOULDEN. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Now, Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of the committee, believing that the Commissioner of Education at the National Capital should be more useful, and that his bureau should be made more beneficial to the whole country, I have introduced the following bill:
[A BILL To create an executive Department of Education.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there shall be at the seat of government an executive department, to be known as the Department of Education, and a Secretary of Education, who shall have the control and supervision thereof, to be appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, who shall receive a salary of eight thousand dollars per annum, and whose term and tenure of office shall be like that of the heads of the other executive departments; and section one hundred and fifty-eight of the Revised Statutes is hereby amended to include such department and the provisions of title four of the Revised Statutes, including all amendments thereto, are hereby made applicable to said department. The said Secretary shall cause a seal of office to be made for said department of such device as the President shall approve, and judicial notice shall be taken of said seal.
SEC. 2. That there shall be in said department an Assistant Secretary of Education, to be appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, who shall receive a salary of six thousand dollars a year, who shall perform such duties as may be prescribed by the Secretary or required by law. There shall also be such clerical assistants as may from time to time be authorized by Congress.
Sec. 3. That all of the rights, powers, and duties now and heretofore devolving upon and exercised by the subdepartment of the Department of the Interior, known as the Bureau of Education, shall attach to and be performed by such Department