House Votes for Johnson's Federal Aid to Education Bill
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The
House of Representatives approved
last week-end the Johnson ad-
ministration's $1,300,000,000 aid-
to education bill, many clauses of
which had been attacked by
Jewish organizations as contrary
to the principles of church-state
separation. Orthodox Jewry had,
on the whole, however, supported
those very provisions in the bill.
The clauses in the measure to
which a wide variety of Jewish
organizations objected included
special services and arrangements
such as shared-time classes, coun-
seling and mobile units to be pro-
vided to students in parochial and
other private schools, and $100,-
000,000 for free textbooks and
library materials to students in
both public and private schools,
including parochial schools.
The bill has gone to the Senate,
where a committee has already
approved the measure. President
Johnson hailed the House action
as "the greatest break-through in
the advance of education since the
Constitution was written."
Earlier the Labor Zionist Or-
ganization of America-Poale Zion
said it regretted that some ele-
ments in the American Jewish
community have focused their
hopes on the proposed aid-to-edu-
cation bill for support of Jewish
day schools and not on the Jewish
community as the school's main
source of financial support.
"The proposed federal bill can
not be considered a substitute for
the financial support by the
Jewish community of its own day
schools," declared an LZOA
The National Society for He-
brew Day Schools - Torah Ume-
sorah, hailed the House passage
of the education bill. At the
same time, the National Society
dissociated itself completely
from the statement issued by
the American Association for
Jewish Education (AAJE) at-
tacking the bill.
With reference to the AAJE's
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charge that the bill would "under
the guise of alleviating depriva-
tion extend financial aid to pri-
vate and parochial schools, the
Society asserted that "the asso-
ciation was distorting the aim of
the bill, while ignoring the reasons
which make its passage of vital im-
portance for the nation's welfare."
A charge that the American As-
sociation for Jewish Education was
"undermining the foundations of
the yeshiva all-day school move-
ment in this country" was leveled
by Agudath Israel of America, a
national Orthodox movement.
The published statement of -the
AAJE not only oppose President
Johnson's education bill but recom-
mended to Congress an alternative
plan under which the yeshivoth
would begin their religious studies
programs after 2 p.m., allowing
their students to attend public
schools as individuals during the
Agudath Israel called this pro- Jewish educators from the Torah,
posal "a blow at the very heart aims and needs of the yeshivoth,"
of the 'philosphy of the yeshivoth, the statement declared.
which schedule religious studies
during the morning hours and pro-
vide their students with an all-day
program in a unique yeshiva at-
Xiccadiily Cocktail's got it!
`This grotesque recommendation
42 PROOF 51 4 9 CODE, NO.
by a JeWish education agency
clearly indicates the deep abyss
which separates the non-Orthodox
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