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September 23rd, 1965

On this day in 1965, President Johnson signed the Bill providing funds for programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

On December 30, 1965, the White House made public an interim report to the President from Commissioner Francis Keppel on the first 100 projects established under title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, designed to improve the schooling of children of low-income families. The report stated that these projects were benefiting 347,047 children in 12 States and that these were only the first of thousands of educational projects which would be established as a result of the legislation. The report summarized details of projects in Kayenta, Arizona; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Hatch Valley, New Mexico; Alton, Maine; and Houston, Texas. The text of the report is printed in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (vol. I, p. 628).