The Congress: Back to Schools

They're really sweating on this one, said a House veteran. "They don't know where to hide." On nearly everybody's agenda, the President's request for $2.3 billion to pay for new public school construction and teacher salaries over the next three years had been written down for a fine old cliche-ridden battle between liberals and conservatives. But the Roman Catholic hierarchy's demand for a share of the funds for parochial schools—or at least a long-range, low-interest loan program integrated into the bill—changed all that. By last week, as the mail mounted and both...

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