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FelxUary 9, 1996 The Message --for Cathollcs of Southwestern Indiana 3 Remediation measure for non-public schools is defeated 00c00Nwn0000s ualnolic Conference The hard-fought battle over mraediation assistance for non- public schools came down on .side of the opposition " =naian T._.._, . . m the The La'sllature dan. 31 -mlana Senate the tern ...... defeated alatlon meas 15-33 Vote, se-. ure, m a -mug a clear mes- lage that no public men going to n ey was reedia,:n'public schools for uun purposes this ses- to common sense and and other constitu- SSUrances were not SWay a majority of to vote for the !tion giving state to non-public difficult idea to sell of legislators, es- an election year," Ryan, execu- the Indiana when con- defeat. "The a Senator running for re-election must ask is can non- public school supporters counter the pressure of public school lobbies in a re-election cam- paign," said Ryan, who repre- sented the Catholic schools at the Statehouse. Senate Bill 462, authored by Sen. Teresa S. Lubbers, R-Indi- anapolis, would have provided accredited non-public schools with funding to offer remedia- tion for their students who do not pass the ISTEP test. During the debate before the vote, Sen. Lubbers explained that non-public school students needing remediation were al- ready factored into the amount of remediation funding the state set in previous years. Those stu- dents who needed the remedia- tion were able to attend public schools which offered the reme- diation classes in the summer. However, the ISTEP program was changed last year to allow public schools to offer remedia- tion during the school year rather than in the summer. Sen. Lubbers said that as a re- MILLER & MILLER "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 c' A, special Valentine's Day elebratlon for engaged couples Catholic Charities is sponsoring an 00ngaged Couples Weekend February 16,17,18, 1996 Start Your marriage right For more information call Catholic Charities 812-423-5456 sult of the change, many represents a district that has schools are deciding not to pro- the seventh largest non-public vide summer school remedia- school population. "I've never tion and since non-public been for public aid for non-pub- schools were left out of the lic schools," he said. funding there is no financial Sen. Borst said that the pub- reason for the public schools to lic school systems might be able include them either, to work out a program to in- Sen. Lubbers presented a sce- clude the non-public school stu- nario of two children with simi- dents in their remediation pro- lar backgrounds who both grams. needed remediation. "Does it re- Sen. Gregory Server, R- ally matter wh;ch school they Evansville, said that public came from if they need the schools would accommodate help?" she asked, non-public school students who Several key senators opposed need remediation, but that it the move to provide funding to would be unconstitutional to non-public schools even thought give money directly to non-pub- the program may be required lic schools for instructional pur- for accreditation. The primary poses. concern of the opposition ap- Another senator expressed peared to be that public money concern that enough remedia- would be going to non-public tion dollars would be available. schools. Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, The chair of the powerful said the state's first responsibil- Senate Finance Committee was ity is to public school students among the main opponents of and that a situation could arise the bill. Sen. Lawrence M. where those students "are not Borst, R-Indianapolis, said he going to get all the money they States to look at school choice proposals in '96 WASHINGTON (CNS)-- As students entering kinder- 1996 got under way, several garten or the ninth grade who states were considering school- could receive assistance during choice measures. In Missouri, the three years of the project, the timing is right and the leg- beginning with the 1996-97 islation is ready, according to school year. George Henry, superintendent Indiana lawmakers also of schools for the St. Louis have introduced a school- Archdiocese. choice proposal that would Henry said there is "a lot to fund a minimum of 300 schol- like" in a House bill introduced arships for third- and fourth- in the Missouri Legislature in graders in Indianapolis public January: If approved, the bill schoolswho are at risk of aca- would set up demonstration demic failure. The scholarship projects in St. Louis, Kansas could be used at either a public City and Cape Girardeau to school or at eligible nonpublic evaluate the effectiveness of al- schools. lowing poor parents a choice of In New Jersey, an advisory educational alternatives for panel released a report recom- their children, mending that a minimum of It's a "creative piece of legis- $5.5 million be spent on a pilot lation" and an "exciting con- school-choice voucher program cept from an educational view- each year for the next five point, not just from our years. Legislation would make viewpoint." as much as $2,500 available for Families whose income is no each child in the elementary greater than 1.75 times the grades and $3,500 for those in federal poverty level would high school so they could at- qualify for the program. The tend private schools beginning pilot projects would involve in September. need." ., Sen. Lubbers and Sen. Mur- ray Clark, R-Indianapolis, ad- dressed concerns about the con- stitutionality of the bill by emphasizing that courts have upheld direct cash payments to non-public schools for testing, scoring and even remedial funding. Glenn Tebbe, executive direc- tor of the Indiana Non-Public Education Association, said he was surprised by the vote against the bill. "It was too big of a step for the Legislature," he said. However, Tebbe is opti- mistic about the future. "I think we can find a common.ground,- he said. , Pope , , Continued from page 1 shouting Guatemalans, a few of whom risked life or at least limb to scoop up a handful of the floral paving as soon as the pope passed. Immediately be- hind the popemobile were an ambulance and three large buses, blaring their horns to keep people out of the road. Go-ahead Continued from page 1 With the first "information gathering" steps completed, Herb Neighbors said the schools are ready to move ahead. 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