Message of Governor T.M. Campbell to the thirtieth legislature of Texas, to which is appended the State Democratic Platform adopted at Dallas, Texas, August 13, 1906. Page: 14 of 27
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expression: "We recommend that the plan of county taxation
for school purposes be adopted."
Anticipating your favorable action and a commendable desire to accommodate
yourselves to a popular will in all things pursuant to the unmistakable
demands of the Constitution, and to the end that all available
information on the subject of public education may be utilized by your
honorable bodies, your attention is called to the very comprehensive,
interesting and instructive reports of the Superintendent of Public
Instruction, of the Regents of the State University, and of the Boards
of Managers of the State's several educational institutions. These
reports will prove profitable to those interested in the promotion and
development of our system of public education.
The importance of agricultural and industrial training can not be
denied, and having this in view, and also the wisdom of more liberal
education of the people and of liberal support to the common schools,
the State University and all other institutions within our system of
public education, the people through their last convention said "that
there be provided adequate agricultural equipment and teaching force
for the State normal colleges, the College of Industrial Arts for
Girls and the Agricultural and Mechanical College; and that the
industrial thought in the schools be encouraged by teaching the
elements of agriculture and the industrial arts; that the Agricultural
and Mechanical College, the College of Industrial Arts for
Girls, and the State normal colleges be authorized to grant diplomas
having the force of State teachers' certificates to all who complete the
necessary course as graduates in the industrial branches; we recommend
that liberal support be provided for the Agricultural and Mechanical
College experiment stations, the Farmers' Institute, the College of Industrial
Arts for Girls and the Texas State University for the teaching and
training of our youths, and the more liberal education of our citizenship."
A progressive citizenship will applaud your adoption of these
policies and the further you go in their enforcement the greater will
be your service to the people.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
Agriculture is, of course, the most important factor in our State's
growth and prosperity, and in recognition of this fact the platform
recommends "that a State Department of Agriculture be established and
that the same be separate and apart from all other departments and
interests, and that the same be adequately supported." The benefits to
flow from such a department, organized in the light of experience, amply
maintained and efficiently and independently administered, can not be
overestimated. The needs are so imperative and the essential functions
of such a department are so apparent that additional mention here will,
it is believed, be of no great profit to you in framing ample legislation
upon this subject.
It is suggested, however, that the department of which the agricultural
feature is now a part, be disturbed no further in its organization
than is required by the elimination of that jurisdiction pertaining to
agricultural and kindred interests.
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Campbell, Thomas Mitchell. Message of Governor T.M. Campbell to the thirtieth legislature of Texas, to which is appended the State Democratic Platform adopted at Dallas, Texas, August 13, 1906., book, January 16, 1907; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5859/m1/14/: accessed February 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .