New York State Education Department Commissioner's Office Administrative Assistant's Subject Files

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

This series contains correspondence, reports, press releases, pamphlets, and news clippings compiled by Administrative Assistant R. Pratt Krull. Topics documented include racial imbalance in schools; pending appeals to the commissioner; education-related legislation; and a test case for decentralization in New York City public schools. Files relating to the test case, Ocean Hill-Brownsville Demonstration School District, discuss race relations, a 1968 teachers strike, and conditions and events in the district.
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Chronological by school year, thereunder alphabetical by subject or correspondent's name.

Administrative History

The position of Administrative Assistant was added to the Commissioner's staff in 1966.

Scope and Content Note

Series consists of correspondence, memorandums, reports, press releases, meeting agenda, pamphlets, and clippings generated or received by Administrative Assistant R. Pratt Krull. The general alphabetical subject files contain information on a variety of subjects including racial imbalance in schools; the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Demonstration School District in New York City; pending appeals to the Commissioner, particularly relating to student attire; and education-related legislation before the legislature.

The miscellaneous files relate primarily to the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Demonstration School District established in 1966 to test decentralization of New York City's public schools. These files contain information on race relations in the schools of the district and on the results of a 1968 teachers strike. Among the records are reports of observers sent by the Education Department to monitor conditions in the schools, as well as daily logs of events in the district.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box

Accretion: B0471-80
1966-1967 Subject Files: A-R 1
Subject Files: S-Z (1966-1967); A-H (1967-1968) 2
1967-1968 Subject Files: I-Z 3
1966-1969 Miscellaneous Files 4
1968-1969 Subject Files: H-N 5
1968-1969 Subject Files: O-U 6