Skip to comments.Kennedy Leads Congressional Discrimination Against Private Schools in Katrina Relief
Posted on 09/21/2005 5:44:47 PM PDT by Coleus
That exemplary Catholic politician, the one who supports unfettered access to abortion and other enormities, is now blocking federal aid to New Orleans students who want to attend private schools on an emergency basis. Good man, Ted, good man.
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Kennedy Leads Congressional Discrimination Against
Private Schools in Katrina Relief
One of the Senate's best known Catholics has worked to reject a proposal by President Bush that would have given families displaced by Hurricane Katrina financial aid to send their children to private or parochial schools. A bipartisan student relief package put forth by Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy and Wyoming Senator Michael Enzi did not include a provision that would have given students up to $7,500 because Kennedy opposed the provision, according to a high level Congressional staffer who spoke with Culture & Cosmos.
Culture & Cosmos also learned that a prominent Church prelate said he was furious that aid to private schools had been kept out of the package and he was especially angry that it is being blocked by "four Irish Catholic Senators."
The proposal for financial aid came from the Bush administration and the Department of Education and noted that, "Communities in Louisiana significantly impacted by the hurricane had an above average number of children enrolled in private schools 61,000 students in private schools compared to 187,000 in public schools in four severely impacted parishes. These significantly impacted Louisiana communities averaged 25% of students attending private K-12 schools much higher than the 11% national average of private school students." Out of the 61,000 students in private schools, 81%, or 50,000 attend Catholic schools. In fact, New Orleans public schools have long had a reputation for poor quality and the Catholic school system there is seen as an affordable refuge.
The total price tag for the Education Department's proposal which aims to cover most of the cost of educating students displaced by Katrina is $1.9 billion. The administration estimates that of that total, 25% or $488 million would be needed for educational support if their proposal was implemented.
Kennedy publicly criticized aid for private schools yesterday in a statement: "But I am extremely disappointed that [President Bush] has proposed providing this relief using such a politically-charged approach. This is not the time for a partisan political debate on vouchers." Despite the high percentage of New Orleans students who attend private school, Kennedy said "we need to focus on rebuilding the public school systems which are the cornerstones of the Gulf Coast communities and economies."
Catholic League president William Donohue praised the proposal. "This is more than an education issue it is a matter of fundamental civil rights. Having been ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, the residents of New Orleans want to put their lives back together as soon as possible. What they don't need now is for federal lawmakers to stand in their way by playing politics with the choices they make."
Legislators are still hashing out the final details of the relief package they will send to the president so it is still possible that money for vouchers will be added back into Senators Enzi and Kennedy's legislations.
One observer pointed out that "it is a joke that Kennedy still thinks he is the preeminent Catholic politician in America. He is a disgrace on this and other issues important to Catholic."
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Is anybody surprised by this?
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
Aside from all the other vile characteristics this thing exhibits, he is one of the most bigoted, arrogant elitest swine in the yard. How long will the people of Mass put up with him? He needs to have his corpulant arse ridden out of DC on a thin sharp edged rail.
The public schools were so bad that they were turned over to a company to run. I guess that is the cornerstone of criminality and welfareism --bad schools.
The people in Massachusetts will put up with and vote for Kennedy for as long as his fat ass breaths.
By the way,I like your attitude.
Why doesn't the Church just excommunicate him and be done with it?
The RCC "appears" to have a love affair with pro-abortion, anti school choice democrat politicians.
Thank you. It's all the attitude I have.
He also raided Satan's liquor cabinet ...
Fat, drunk, and evil is no way to go through life.
He always wanted a Cabinet position.
Name that public school attended by Ted K or any of his children? waiting...waiting...waiting...
W attended public elementary school in Midland, TX. The twins attended all but K or preK public schools. Of course the old media gives him no credit for any of it.
'Rats care, Pubbies do. Caring is what counts even is the result is disastrous.
When Satan tells him to "assume the position", he's not gonna like it.
Oh, I don't know. I suspect he's so numbed on so many levels that he could take almost anything (insert horrible back-alley porno here). I had the unique privilege of drinking with the late Tip O'Neal who had no shortage of derogatory stories about Senator Kennedy. Frat-boy antics at middle age and beyond are not funny. That man has no business in any position of responsibility. Please, Republican Party, take him out once and for all for the good of our nation. Ted's resume' of traitorous actions would find him swinging from a lamp post in any other country. Vote him out!
You can't keep 'em down on the farm, Teddy, after they've had a taste of the good life you have had.
Gotta keep 'em on the plantation.
The bishops [church men] do in fact have a love affair with pro abortion, anti school choice democrat politicians. We cannot for a moment even pretend that these men in anyway are "the Church", which of course is without spot or wrinkle.
I'm still waiting for an explanation on why that fat, drunken slob would take a perfectly good Oldsmobile, drive it into the water and let a young lady die in the process.
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