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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana April 26, 19) Catholic Continued From page 1 districts across the country into doing so." But Catholic educators said choice plans would weather court tests if states decided to give parents a choice in schools by giving the parents vouchers or tax credits to ease the tuition burden. "The United States Supreme Court determined (in Mueller vs. Allen in 1983) that a tax deduction for educational ex- penses available to all parents is constitutional," said Sister Sheehan. "The aid is to parents who then decide where to apply the assistance." The president's initiative, titled the "America 2000 Education Strategy" is built around six national goals designed to increase the high school graduation rate and adult literacy, to improve stu- dent competency in general and to make U.S. students first in the world in math and science. It calls for top-to-bottom school reforms, including a voluntary nationwide exam system, federal aid pegged to academic results and $550 million in start-up funds for a "new generation of schools." "I'm here to say America will move forward," Bush said after announcing the plan April 18. "Our challenge amounts to nothing less than a revolution in American education, a battle for our future." Among the specifics of the plan are: -- Voluntary nationwide ex- aminations in English; math, science, history and geography. Named the American Achieve- ment Tests, colleges will be urged to use the exam results in admissions and employers will be urged to pay attention to them in hiring. -- Reports on the progress toward the national educational goals by states, local districts and schools. -- Differential pay will be en- couraged for those who teach well, who teach core subjects, who teach in dangerous or challenging settings, or who serve as mentors for new teachers. -- American business leaders will be encouraged to establish, and muster the private resources for a new non-profit organization that will award contracts in 1992 to research and development teams. The teams will develop non- traditional approaches to meeting educational needs in communities. -- Business and labor will be asked to adopt a strategy to establish job-related skill stan- dards, to develop "skill cer- tificates" to accompany these standards and to create schools where workers can learn those skills. The secretaries of Labor and Education will spearhead a public-private partnership to help develop voluntary stan- Need for absolute principles is seen by pro-life spokeswoman BOSTON (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops' spokeswoman on pro- life issues said basing values on each person's judgment rather than on absolute principles would make it OK even for a man to beat his wife. The spokeswoman, Helen Alvare, made the comment in a debate April 11 at Boston Col- lege with Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice, which opposes church teaching on abortion. Ms. Kissling said society at large should not accept preconceived, absolute values, particularly on the question of abortion. "We are here in this world to evaluate, to judge, to determine the values that we will live by in light of the conditions and circumstances of our time," said Ms. Kissling. Such arguments ignore realities, countered Ms. Alvare, spokeswoman on abortion for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. I :i ::: Plempatr0mze I Message. adve00sers! ] dards for all industries. Sister McNamee said Bush's plan has many of the characteristics already found in Catholic schools across the country, such as the emphasis on lifelong learning, dependence on the com- munities and assessments of the progress of schools. The new-school improveml plan was developed by rit Education Secretary Lain Alexander but draws heavily o ideas developed by a presidsrl tial Education Policy Advisor)] Committee and a bipartisj panel that has worked monet to develop and implement J[ reporting system on progressi| meeting the six national goalS, L I t Four Year CD $500 minimum In addition to this high rate you get: • Insured Safety • Rate Guaranteed • Personal Service • 11 Full Service offices • Over 105 years of continuous service  Permanent Federal 1 since ,e8 savings Bank J r:_vANsv,,x L • NEwurG, • OAKLAND C, r₯ I!1 or B,,c, • ,,sER TO ALL VOTERS... 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