To Get a Better School System

One Hundred Years of Education Reform in Texas

978-1-60344-111-7 Cloth
6 x 9 x 0 in
152 pp. 8 b&w photos.
Pub Date: 07/07/2009


  • Cloth $34.95 s
2010 Award for Most Significant Scholarly Book Finalist, presented by the Texas Institute of Letters 2010 Ottis Lock Best Book on East Texas History Award, presented by the East Texas Historical Association
In 1949, as postwar Texas was steadily becoming more urban and calls for education reform were gathering strength throughout the state and nation, State Representative Claud Gilmer and State Senator A. M. Aikin Jr. sponsored a bill designed to increase salaries for Texas schoolteachers. Also tied to the bill, however, were provisions related to sweeping changes in school funding and access to education for minorities.
In To Get a Better School System, Gene B. Preuss examines not only the public policy wrangling and historical context leading up to and surrounding the Gilmer-Aikin legislation, but also places the discussion in the milieu of the national movement for school reform.


Published by Texas A&M University Press