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Several members of the NSPIE were appointed to serve as members of the Commission on National Aid to Vocational Education (Barlow, 1967).
Even though state legislation provided limited funding for vocational agriculture education in some cases, the work of the NSPIE, organized in 1906 (Barlow, 1967; Hawkins et al., 1951; Roberts, 1971; Wheeler, 1948), led to the first significant and recurring federal funding for vocational education.
Not only did NSPIE aim to educate the public on the value of industrial education with its common-sense message, but there was also an all-out lobbying effort by its members to get Congress to put its stamp on this field.
Dudley Hughes from Georgia; and Charles Prosser, secretary of NSPIE. Prosser also possessed a law degree and had previously been a school teacher, a school superintendent and deputy commissioner of education for vocational education in Massachusetts.
The National Society for Vocational Education (as NSPIE was later named) and the Vocational Education Association of the Mid-West, the other co-founder of AVA, operated on the belief that vocational education is essential to the economic progress of the nation.
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