Education is very important. To those fervently pressing for inclusion of prayer in Public Colleges, Clausen’s stance was considered as emblematic of all that is mistaken with Masonry. It is no surprise that the assault by some powerful forces upon Public Colleges has also increased and poses a risk to a bedrock of human freedom.
At present our Public Colleges are operated at the state stage by departments of education, and domestically by college districts, as well as publicly elected or appointed officials. First, Public Colleges are funded by tax monies paid by taxpaying citizens.
Property taxes pay for most of the cost of Public Colleges. At present the state’s Public College students now rank 48th out of 50 states in many surveys about pupil achievement. Somewhat, the challenge is to totally comprehend the forces at work for and in opposition to Public Colleges.
New York State Education Department