Church & State: Lobby for Largesse


Under consideration by the legislatures of Michigan, Rhode Island, Penn sylvania and Louisiana last week were bills that would significantly increase state aid to students in private schools.

Whether or not the measures passed, it was certain that lawmakers would not vote them down lightly. All of the bills have the backing of Citizens for Educational Freedom—the nation's most militant lobby for channeling tax money to nonpublic education.

Founded in 1959 by a group of St. Louis parents, CEF has since grown to 150,000 members in 36 states. Though its supporters include some conservative Protestants and Orthodox Jews, the...

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