Scope and Content Note

The records in this series served as background materials for, or resulted from, Lois Wilson's meetings with state agency officials and representatives of school districts and educational organizations. As Deputy Secretary to the Governor under Governor Malcolm Wilson, and then as Special Assistant to the Governor for Education under Governor Hugh L. Carey from January 1 to July 24, 1975, Lois Wilson coordinated research and development of policy recommendations concerning education, particularly regarding educational finance. These records reflect her performance of those duties.

Most of the records in this series relate to educational finance. A few files relate to other education issues such as evaluating and improving teacher effectiveness. The series includes: analyses of school finance inequities and proposals for alternative state aid formulas; correspondence with educators and state agency officials regarding scheduled meetings and issues to be discussed; letters from representatives of school districts and education organizations giving position summaries or policy statements on state financial aid for education; statistical data regarding state aid; drafts of speeches to be delivered by Governor Wilson, Governor Carey, or Lois Wilson regarding education and state aid; press releases regarding actions or decisions of Governor Carey or the Board of Regents regarding state aid for education; copies or summaries of legislative bill proposals; meeting agendas; and reports on meetings held.

The series also includes copies of governor's correspondence regarding education sent to Lois Wilson for her information, as well as miscellaneous Lois Wilson correspondence regarding various education issues.