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August 13, 1993 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-08-13

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26 AV 5753/AUGUST 13, 1993


Goy. Engler 'Iffy'
On School Vouchers

The Jewish community is torn over the state funding
battle for private and public schools.


ecause of "political re-
alities" in Michigan,
Gov. John Engler said
he will not promote
state-funded vouchers
for students to attend
public or private
But if the first-term
governor had his way,
he would support an
open-school choice sys-
(tem funded by the state that would
pay for children to attend any school
— public, private or religious, Mr.
Engler's spokesman, John Truscott,
said this week.
Mr. Engler's comments come in the
aftermath of last month's legislative
action that eliminated property taxes
by September 1994 as a source of fund-
ing for public-school operating funds.
'e need to completely redefine our
objectives," Mr. Engler said in an in-
terview. "We need to put parents in
a position to choose where to send their
children to school.


Time Is Money

or three years in the late 1980s, photographer
Jack Eisenberg made frequent visits to Israel
His pictures don't locus an the usual subjects
of the Intifada -. the guns and the violence
Instead, he considers everyday life in Israel
and the battle's most tragic victims.
The most innocent people in society, particu-
larly a society in conflict, are the children and
the old people," he says. You can see a cry-
ing child or a happy child and it doesn't make
any difference whether it's a Jewish child or an
Arab child. It's a child...God's creation."

Creative people are catering
to busy executives on the run.

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Boneless Chicken.

...and other dreams
from famous authors.

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Contents on page 3

John Engler. He'd back vouchers, but doesn't see ft

"Public funds may not be used for
private schools. The Michigan
Constitution prohibits it. Some sup-
port amending the Constitution. I am
not involved in that.
"Public education is about more
choices being available," he said.
With education reform first on the
minds of many Michigan politicians,

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