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N.c.j.w. Convention Voices Warning on Aid to Education Bill

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The National Council of Jewish Women, holding its 26th biennial convention here, adopted a resolution today, warning that the Johnson Administration’s aid to education bill would “open the door to an involvement of sectarian educators to decisions affecting public education.”

The resolution warned the Administration that the measure, now pending in the Senate after adoption by the House of Representatives, must be buttressed by safeguards to avoid undermining “our tradition of separation of church from state.”

Among other clauses, the bill would provide special services for shared-time classes, counseling and mobile units to be provided to students in parochial and other private schools, and $100,000 for free textbooks and library materials to students in both public and private schools, including parochial schools. Many Jewish organizations have opposed the bill due to these clauses clauses, but Orthodox Jewry has, on the whole, supported the measure.

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