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Diocesan schools participate in School Lunch progra Applications for free or reduced price meals are available at school offices. CONFIDENTIAL: The infor- mation provided will be treated confidentially and will be used only for the eligibility determi- nation. FOOD STAMP/AFDC HOUSE- HOLDS: If you currently receive Food Stamps or "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families'" (TANF) (formerly known as AFDC) for your child, you have Schools throughout the Dio- cese of Evansville participate in the National School Lunch pro- grams. Children from house- holds that meet the following Federal Income guidelines are eligible for flee meals or reduced price meals. Additionally, the pa-:sage of House Enrolled Act t360 by the 1987 Indiana Gen- eral Assembly provides text- book/workbook assistance for those children approved tbr fl'ee meals. only to list your child's name and Food Stamp or AFCD case number and sign the applica- tion. ALL OTHER HOUSEHOLDS: If your household income is at or below the level shown on the income scale above, your child is eligible for either tree or reduced-price meals. To apply for these benefits, you must provide the following infbrma- tion or your application cannot be approved: Free Income Eligibility Guidelines (Effective from July 1, 1997 to June 30, 1998) Household Size Reduced Price Meals Annual Month Week 1 $14,597 $1,217 $281 2 19,629 1,636 378" 4 5 6 i 7 ..... 24,661 29,693 34,725 44,789 8 49,821 For each additional family member add i 39,757 J +5,032 2,056 2,475 2,894 3,314 475 572 668 765 3,733 862 4,152 959 +420 +97 New state laws help education, Catholic officials say WASHINGTON (CNS) -- July the plan could go forward Catholic officials in Ohio and rather than be put on hold while the unconstitutionality ruling is appealed. The two-year, $36.07 billion state budget signed by Voinovich included a line to fund another two years of the pilot Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Pro- gram. Last years it provided state tax dollars for 1,994 chil- dren from low-income families to attend private school, Thirty- four of the 53 participating schools are Catholic. Proponents of the program have praised it for the choice it offers families and the improved test scores of children after one year. Families receiving vouch- ers have an average income of $6,597. Opponents believe it pro- motes an illegal meshing of church and state. In his statement, Bishop Pilla pointed to the academic progress, healthy attitudes toward school and increased parental involve- ment as reasons for the voucher program to continue. He said these positive effects need to be considered first as decisions are made about the program. "As a church, we have made the commitment to help break the cycle of poverty experienced by the poorest families," he said. Minnesota say state laws passed this summer are positive steps for education reform. Bishop Anthony M. Pilla of r Cleveland praised Ohio Gov. George Voinovich and the state General Assembly for including in the state budget funding for a state voucher program for the next two years. And officials of the Minnesota Catholic Conference said they approve of their state's new edu- cation law because it gives par- ents educational choices, even though it does not include tuition tax credits. In a statement issued earlier this summer, Bishop Pilla said, "The church has long embraced the idea that parents are the primary educators of children and have the right to choose the best educational environment for them." The Ohio voucher system gives poor parents in Cleveland the same ability as wealthier ones to decide how to educate their children, the bishop said, However, the system is in jeopardy after a three-judge panel ruled the plan unconsti- tutional on separation of church- state grounds. But the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in late Program places art in 150 schools the Women's Board of Chicago's Art Institute through a grant from the Sears Foundation, two framed pictures have been offered to every Catholic school in the city to encourage art his- tory and appreciation. The two pieces are "St. George and the Dragon  by the Spanish painter Bernardo Martorell and CHICAGO (CNS) -- One- hundred and fifty Catholic ele- mentary schools in the city of Chicago will be getting a bit more "array" this school year. No, they haven't switched the traditional plaid school uniforms for black turtlenecks and berets, or replaced the cafeteria with an espresso counter. But these schools have been offered a , a photograph of a Zairian cere- chance to have their own art monial funeral mask called a gallery on their premises. "Kuba Mukenga" Both pieces Through the "Arts in SchooLs are part of the Art Institute's Program; vhich spousored by] 'pent collecLio  "We recognize that one viable way to accomplish this is by pro- viding quality educational opportunities to all who desire it." In Minnesota, Thomas Pear- son, Who directs the Minnesota Catholic Conference's education department, said he was disap- pointed that the state Legisla- ture omitted tax credits for pri- vate school tuition during a special session held to resolve a deadlock with Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson. However, the law protects parental choice and other edu- cational reform within the pub- lic school system, he said "The new law should protect what we have -- parental rights," Pearson told The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the St. Paul- Minneapolis Arch- diocese. "It also brought substantial positive reform in the public education area," he said. The law includes an expan- sion of the working family cred- it by 25 percent to be directed to families with children and will provide an average increase of $200-350 per family. The money can be used for tuition at private schools. It also includes the intro- duction of a new refundable tax credit for families with an income at or below $33,500. Eligible families will receive an educational tax cut of $1,000 per child with a $2,000 family limit. Pearson said it was too early to expand on the new law, but said the state Catholic confer- ence would be on the lookout for repeal attempts. "We really appreciate the work done by the educational network, the grass-roots effort,  Pearson said. "We're one step towards where we want to end up and we'll continue to be watchful." HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS: List the names of everyone who lives in your household. Include parents, grandparents, all chil- dren, other relatives, and unre- lated people who live in your household. MONTHLY INCOME: List all income received last month on the same line with the per- son who received it. Write the income under the group it belongs in. Income is all money before taxes or anything else is taken out. SIGNATURE: An adult household member must sign the application. SOCIAL SECURITY NUM- BERS: List the social security number of the adult signing the application or the word "none" if the adult does not have a social security number. VERIFICATION: The infor- mation on the application may be verified by school or other officials at any time during the school year. REPORTING CHANGES: If you list income information and your child is approved for meal benefits, you must tell the school when your household- size decreases or your income increases by more than $50 per month or $600 per year. If you list food stamps case number or TANF number, you must tell the school when you ne receive food stamps your child FOSTER CHILDREN: foster child may be meal benefits re your household income, wish to apply for fits for a foster the school. NONDISCRD Children who reduced price meal treated the same as who pay tbr their operation of child grams, no child will be, criminated against race, color, age, sex or handicap. you have been against, write to the of Agriculture, D.C. 20250 FAIR HEARING: not agree with the school's sion on your appli result of verifi wish to discuss it school. You also have the t to a fair hearing. .REAPPI apply for benefits at during the school year. IfY u not now eligible but have decrease in household become unemployed increase in out an application at that Briefly... Substitute teachers sought Each year the Catholic Schools Office compiles a listing available teachers who will serve as substitutes. teachers must have a substitute certificate or license frl  the state of Indiana to qualify for teaching in diocesan schOOl." Interested teachers should contact the Catholic Schools Office, 4200 N. Kentucky Ave., Evansville, IN 47711, or phone 424-5536 to obtain a substitute application. Diocesan schools comply with privacy act Catholic schools in the Diocese of Evansville comply the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act by certain directory information. Directory info of name, address, phone, state and date of birth, maJ( of study, the participation in officially recognized and athletics, weight and height, date of attendance, received, honor roll and other pertinent information. Parents who object to the release of any of the above mation must write to the principal requesting their not be included in any ap)ropriate listing.The must be submitted within 15 days of the beginning Catholic schools require immunizations Effective Aug. 1, 1980, Public Law 150, Acts of amends Indiana Code 20-8, 1-7-10 to require' all children enrolled in a school. Previously, only dren enrolling for the first time were required to be nized. Now all children must be immunized, and by children must furnish written proof of immunization first day of school. Catholic schools do notdiscriminate 't dis" Catholic schools in the Diocese of Evansville dn==tioS , criminate on the basis of color, sex, age or location o" al origin. Students of other religious faith are welcome to a t'-vd Catholic schools. Schools to use new texts Following the annual adoption cycle Indiana Department of Education, high school the diocese will be using new social studies books rials this fall. A committee will now begin meeting to work on riculum adoption for the next school year. This: during the school year prior to the mittee will determine which math books and be used in the 1998-99 school year. In 1989, the diocese started adopting ke same materiaLs for all of the schools in each of the This allows for greater consistency in an easier transition in the event of a one school to another. In-service opportunities easier to provide for teachers when working with lishing company.