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Thomas R. Carper
Congressional Papers

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I.C.10. Issue Files -- Education, 1984-1992

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Extent: 2 linear ft.

Boxes: 34 - 35

Contents: Correspondence, communication between Carper and legislative aides, notes, floor statements, fact sheets, published witness testimonies, news clippings, memoranda, and published reports.

Arrangement: Alphabetically by topic and sequentially within topic.


Carper with school children at Shue Middle School, Newark The Education Issue Files cover a wide range of topics, reflecting the extensive and complex nature of the present-day educational system in the United States. The files are a sample of the issues followed by Congressman Carper during the years 1984-1992.

The re-authorization and revision of the Higher Education Act of 1965 is a prominent topic within the Education subseries. This legislation, H.R. 3553, involved the principal law governing federal aid to colleges, universities, trade schools, and their students. More specifically, it was designed to make student aid more accessible to lower- and middle income families, and to increase the total dollar amount of grants and loans available to students each year and over the course of their education.

In addition to the increased aid, members of Congress were concerned with the growing number of students who were defaulting on loan payments and sought to usher in a change to that would minimize this practice. Data in the Delaware Higher Education Loan Program file (F300) cites Delaware schools as having one of the strongest records of meeting repayment requirements.

The Higher Education Reauthorization Act eventually passed in 1992, continuing the program instituted twenty-seven years earlier and guaranteeing financial aid to any student seeking higher education.

The remaining education files cover many topics that are characteristic of the time-period Carper was in the House. These include studies comparing United States educational systems with those in foreign countries, home schooling issues involving standards, and national testing examinations. Additionally, materials of specific concern to Carper's Delaware constituency include information on Delaware libraries, vocational education in Delaware, and the Delaware Valley science fair.

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citation and reference information:

Thomas R. Carper
Congressional Papers

1979 - 1993
(bulk dates 1982 - 1992)

Manuscript Collection Number: 399
Accessioned: Gift of Thomas R. Carper, 1992, 1998-1999
Extent: 84 linear ft. and oversize material
Content: Legislation, correspondence, reports, documents and publications, memoranda, speeches, photographs, audio-visual material, newsletters, news clippings, and ephemera.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: November 1997 - December 1999 by Rebecca J. Altermatt with assistance from Rob Costello; edited by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin.

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