ISSUES '96: PAROCHIAL POLITICS

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS DO A GOOD JOB. BUT SHOULD THEY SIPHON MONEY FROM PUBLIC EDUCATION? THAT IS THE REAL CHOICE

Public-school teachers in Cleveland, Ohio, were getting ready to strike last week over work loads, salary and health-care issues. But at St. Adalbert's, a Catholic primary school on the city's tumbledown east side, it was business as usual. In a room full of first-graders, the rows of African-American boys were dressed in shirts and ties. When principal Lydia Harris entered, they stood at attention to greet her in unison. In the hallway outside, second-grade girls were heading quietly to lunch, all dressed in plaid jumpers and saddle shoes. Outside there might be squalor and chaos. In here, it was a blast...

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