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
Arrangement: Alphabetically by topic and sequentially within topic.
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
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.