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Page 14 of Kentucky Negro Educational Association Journal v.15 n.2

Part of Kentucky Negro Educational Association Journal

VOTE OF PROTEST (Continued from page Four) For the support of Kentucky State College, outof-estate tuition under the AndiersonIMiayer Act, and the West Kentucky Vocational Training School, a total of $@24,243.00 was requested by Negro school heads to the Legislative Council. When the Governor's proposed budget was announced, only the pitiful and inadequate sun of $197,- 000M00 was recommended to provide for higher and vocational edu- cation for Negroes for the entire state. "From my knowledge of the conditions of higher anid vocational education for Negroes in Ken- tucky," he continued, ",some real tangible evidence of larger support must come forward." Practically all of the surrounding states which spoinsor a separate program of Negro higher education have been and are now spendinrg more to this end than Kentucky. The list in- cludes West Virginia, Ohio. and Tennessee. For all of the state supported institutions for white people in Kentucky, there are special taxes from, which funds are derived monthly, ",when and as collected," this, in addition to the fairly de- cent state appropriations which have been granted by the Legisla- tuire, while the usual appropriations granted for Negro higher and vocational education are not enough to operate a first class stock or dairy farm. The institutionis for Negroes do not share in these special taxes and, therefore, are comnpelled to rely upon fundis provided by the Legislature. However, when the time comes to appropriate funds for Negro education the time-,worn cry is "that we don't have the money." If any state can appropriate $3,000,'000.00 for teachers' sala- ries of which the Negro teachers in the end will obtain only a meager part, then it certainly can appropriate more than $40,000.00 for the operation of West Kentucky Vocational School for Negroes at Pa- ducagh or the sum of $150,000.00 for the operation of Kentucky State College at Frankfort. Mr. Anderson stated "there are only 1465 Negro teachers in Ken- tucky while there are over 20,000 white teachers; the $3,000,00! fig- ure looks attractive but when you observe the percentage its nothing to be alarmed about." In commenting further he stated "My vote on the Teachers' Bill is largely one of protest. It is not that I wish to *deny benefits to elementary and secondary school teachers, but I do want to stress the fact that higher and vocational education for Negro boys and girls must not suffer any further, and in some way the Race must be granted larger additional direct appropriations." For state supported colleges for white people of sinilar size enroll- mnent, the Legislature has always seen fit to grant larger individual appropriations than to the institutions for Negroes at Frankfort ofr Paducah. As evidence of the plight of educational inequalities and inadequate funds, the Louiisville Defender carried in its January aN

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