ERIC Number: ED357450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Church Schools and Public Money: The Politics of Parochiaid.
Doerr, Edd; Menendez, Albert J.
National tensions are increasing over religious freedom, education, and the relation of government and its taxing power to religious institutions. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, sectarian special interests and others have stepped up their efforts to compel all citizens to contribute involuntarily through taxes to the support of nonpublic schools, the overwhelming majority of which are religious institutions. Unfortunately, the public is largely uninformed on this issue even though it has consistently defeated proposals in statewide referendums to provide tax aid to nonpublic schools. The parochiaid controversy in the United States and other countries has a long history. It is this book's thesis that the controversy is a clash between those who value religious freedom, pluralism, democratic public education, and an open society and those who would revive sectarian antagonisms and replace democratic education with special-interest indoctrination; moreover, that the outcome of the parochiaid battles of the 1990s will determine the future of U.S. society and its educational system. Chapter topics include background to the dispute, the nature of church schools, enrollment in nonpublic schools, parochiaid in the states, parochiaid referenda, federal issues, parochiaid and the courts, and the pros and cons of parochiaid. An appendix including supplementary tables as well as an index are included. (JPT)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Government School Relationship, Private School Aid, Private Schools, Religious Education, State Aid, State Church Separation
Prometheus Books, 700 E. Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14215 ($14.95).
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Published in cooperation with Americans for Religious Liberty.