Thank Catholic schools for faith in every student

Written by Sheri Conover Sharlow

Thank Catholic schools for faith in every student

Their high achievement comes as they spend halfrepparttar money of Indianaís public schools

by Sheri Conover Sharlow Libertarian Writers' Bureau

While government schools scream about small cuts in their state funding, Catholic schools will celebraterepparttar 125891 great work they do with halfrepparttar 125892 per-student spending of their counterparts.

This is Catholic Schools Week, when schools nationwide will showcase what they do for millions of children.

Criticisms that Catholic schools skimrepparttar 125893 top talent arenít true. Many take all comers.

The difference? They donít let excuses explain away poor achievement. This yearís Catholic Education Week theme Ė Faith in Every Student Ė perfectly sums uprepparttar 125894 goals of these schools.

I point to my alma maters, McAuley High School and Assumption Elementary School in greater Cincinnati. Both draw heavily from blue-collar families. Both have long offered a high-quality education that rivals some ofrepparttar 125895 cityís best schools. Both rely on parents and alumni to fund new facilities.

Surprisingly, Catholic schools frequently are less annoying than public schools that nickel-and-dime people to death with sales of wrapping paper, candy and other things that no one wants. This comes after they tax us to death. (Why do they need more money? Half of our education dollars never make it torepparttar 125896 classroom, but get sucked up in education bureaucracy.)

St. Paul Elementary, where my daughter Meredith attends kindergarten, strictly limits fund-raising to very few events. Focus on those andrepparttar 125897 school will get enough.

If you canít affordrepparttar 125898 tuition, even if youíre not Catholic, these schools usually find a way for your children attend. They offer scholarships. High schools frequently allow students to sweep floors or wash dishes to offset tuition and to get work done less expensively

At my high school, these low-skill student workers freed our maintenance workers to dorepparttar 125899 high-skill work of taking care ofrepparttar 125900 building.

The Glorious Acts of Our Legislature

Written by By Mike Kole

By Mike Kole Libertarian Writersí Bureau

I always have to remember to take a deep breath when examiningrepparttar laws being proposed by our grand Legislature. I detest most ofrepparttar 125890 new legislation onrepparttar 125891 table, but have to forgive our representatives inrepparttar 125892 House and Senate for it. After all, writing laws is what a Legislature does, and if they donít write enough laws, it can begin to look like theyíve been loafing.

Call me strange, but I rather prefer a Legislature that goofs off and under produces new laws. Iím convinced we have enough of them already, and agree with Mark Twain, who famously said that no manís life, liberty, or property is safe whilerepparttar 125893 Legislature is in session.

Mainly, that is because no lawmaker wants to look like a slacker, especially so soon after an election. Itís bad form. As a result, we get some hideous proposals that I would chalk up as an effort to hide behind some broad good intention while looking meaningful, or at least busy.

House Bill 1508 is a textbook case as one such proposal.

Representative Vanessa Summers, an Indianapolis Democrat, has introduced legislation that would prohibitrepparttar 125894 use of cell phones, making exceptions for hands-free devices and for emergency use. The proposed fine for violations ofrepparttar 125895 law would be up to $25.

The intent is to make our streets a little less hazardous. We have all groused atrepparttar 125896 idiot guilty of driving while in conversation that cut us off or made us miss a light, and we have cursedrepparttar 125897 driver and his cell phone. Summersí proposal takes its cue from similar laws passed in New York andrepparttar 125898 District of Columbia. As everyone knows, these cities now haverepparttar 125899 safest streets inrepparttar 125900 world.

This law is rife with problems, from practical application torepparttar 125901 higher concerns of individual liberty.

I know four friends, right offrepparttar 125902 top of my head, who would gladly pay up to $25, as a cost of doing business. They think this highly of each and every one of their calls. $25 is no kind of deterrent for these people.

What is emergency use? I define emergency use of a cell phone as a frantic call to a friend because I suddenly had two tickets offered to me for a Coltsí playoff game, and I have to accept within five minutes, orrepparttar 125903 tickets will be passed on to a co-worker. My wife defines it as having found a deal on furniture, and sheís on her way home so I can look at fabric swatches. Iím betting that this is not whatrepparttar 125904 Representative has in mind. Some revisions will be in order.

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