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SAM NUNN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/11/1974 - HFSID 79087

SAM NUNN As a US Senator, he signs a sternly worded, typed letter to the Commissioner of Education on behalf of a Georgia school. Typed Letter signed: "Sam" as US Senator, 1 page, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1974 March 11.

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SAM NUNN
As a US Senator, he signs a sternly worded, typed letter to the Commissioner of Education on behalf of a Georgia school.
Typed Letter signed: "Sam" as US Senator, 1 page, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1974 March 11. On US Senate letterhead to John Ottina, Commissioner of Education, US Office of Education, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington, D.C. In full: "Attached is a copy of a letter which I have just received from Honorable W. M. Murrah, Superintendent of the Stewart County School System, in reference to their application for a GRA under the Emergency School Aid Act (ESAA Pilot Project No. 205TB). I am deeply concerned over the 'point' rating system used by the Office of Education as it appears to penalize small school systems regardless of the merit of their proposal. I would appreciate your providing me with a complete report on the Office of Education's utilization of this system and any studies which you have conducted into possible alternative methods of rating. The Stewart County proposal appears to be most worthwhile, and I would appreciate your giving it every consideration, of course within existing guidelines. I look forward to hearing from you soon on this matter. Sincerely." A Democrat who represented Georgia in the U.S. Senate (1972-1997), he was Chairman of the powerful Armed Services Committee for eight years. He also co-chaired the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan group urging responsible budgetary policies on the U.S. government. Upon retirement from the Senate, the maverick Nunn observed: "I wasn't a very good Democrat, and I wouldn't have made a very good Republican either." This letter is a classic example of Congressional clout exerted on behalf of constituents: requiring the Office of Education to generate "complete reports" for an unsympathetic Senator or, taking the easier course, to relent and approve the grant proposal he is championing. Three sets of staple holes at upper left corner and margin. Paperclip crease mark at upper right margin. Ink "Received" stamp at lower margin. Normal mailing folds. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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