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a c o kansas Nonpublic School Accrediting In Wisconsin--- ;;[ f Five-year-old Trinity Junior High in Fort Smith has already outgrown its original quarters and will open this school year in the west wing of St. Scholastica Center on the monas- tery grounds. The wing has been completely refurbished to welcome the young people. Above L to R: Sr. Louise Sharum, OSB, monastery prioress; Sr. Cabrini Schmitz, OSB, center director; Betty Elmer, RSM, school principal; and Rev. Jack Harris, school administrator. St. Vincent de Paul adds school space Rogers - The need to supply addi- tional classroom space and increase computer hardware and software for St. Vincen t de Paul's growing student popu- lation has been met through the gener- osity of various groups. In May, a Benefit Dinner was held to raise money for new computers. A slide presentation of the school and a barbe- cue chicken highlighted the dinner, which raised nearly$10,000. The dinner was spear-headed by the School Board and coordinated by co-chairs Kerry and Myrtia Ruskauff. During the summer, classroom and library renovations added space to two elementary classrooms and more than doubled the size of the school library. These renovations were paid for by the parish. Rev. Richard Oswald, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul parish, said "I am con- tinually amazed at the generosity of the patrons of St. Vincent de Paul School, the parishioners of our Church and the Rogers community in general. This is just another example of the importance placed by so many on the continuation of quality Catholic education in north- west Arkansas. We will definitely be bet- ter able to serve our increasing student "*population with the additional space and computers." ANSAA qualifies Association, Inc.(ANSAA) Private school aid![ nonr, u=,,,cn h,i schools Nearly two years ago, a group of nonpublicschooladministratorsbanded plan upheld I r for activities together to form this association, ofwhich Sr. Henrietta Hockle,OSB, is executive July 31 marked an historic occasion director. ANSAA is incorporated as a Madison, WI (CNS) - A circuit for Catholic junior and senior high nonprofit organization. It is an official here recently upheld as schools in thestate.ThegoverningbodyChapter of the National Federation of new Wisconsin law that would en; of the Arkansas Activities Association, Nonpublic School State Accrediting As- about 1,000 low-income Milwaukee with membership of more than 500, sociations and is listed and recognized dren to attend private schools at taxp# voted a bylaw, change to allow all by the U. S. Office of Education and by ers' expense. nonpublicschoolsaccreditedbyANSAA the Council for the Advancement andSr. Catherine T. McNamee to participate in the AAA Association Support of Education as a bona fideof the National Catholic activities. Up to this time, only state- organization to accredit nonpublic sociation, said in Washington that accredited schools could participate in schools in Arkansas. Wisconsinthere wouldlaWhave"hadbeeng°nelessd°Wnchancein in t] the association activities. All Catholic junior and senior high Since the Arkansas Department of schools in Arkansas are accredited. A futui'e of religiously affiliated getting such help. Education no longer accredits private number of elementary schools are inAn appeal of the ruling by Dane schools, all nonpublic schools in Arkan- "candidate status" for accreditation and Circuit Judge Susan Steingass was saswould have been deprived ofpartici- are working on the required self-study, ised by the Wisconsin Education pation. Now however, nonpublic schools which precedes an on- site visitation by a don Council, a teacher union are receiving accreditation from the Ar- validation team. joined in private schools was The judge held that because intended to improve education "toI benefit of the entire state" Minimum Performance "public purpose" required by the-' constitution. The law applies only to • Diocesan State waukee, although some foresee it Diocesan State Cathol ic RJbl ic Cathol ic expanded to the rest of the state. Requ i red Schoo ! s Schoo I s Schoo I s Three of the ten private schools Passing Average Percent Percent have applied for eligibility i Scale Score .~Scale Score , Passing Passing Milwaukee Parental Choice created by the state leg have Catholic roots, having been se Reading 3 343 371 Unavai lable 97 over by parents when the Archdioce Milwaukee closed several schools 6 6/15 673 unti I 99 than 20 years ago. State School Superintendent 8 845 870 Septmber 99 J. Grover had challenged the he said it would siphon money away: Ma th 3 3 11 359 92 public schools. He also said vate schools would be unaccountable 6 664 668 95 public authority. In implementing the law, Grover'S ˘ 8 838 868 99 partment would have required the schools to provide services pupils equal to those given by Language 6 637 660 gti schools. But the judge ruled that Arts have exceeded his authority. 8 838 865 98 McNamee, a Sister of St. Carondclct, called the Wisconsin SCience 6 6/17 662 91 a first step "in providing crs for children to go to private 8 8z13 865 98 "If aid goes directly to parents should not be a constitutional she said. Soc I a !6 6/42 662 9li The author of the legislation, state ~ Stud i es Annette Williams, had 8 8z10 861 9/1 because, she said, Milwaukee - schools were "not doing their said she was particularly concerned For the past four years, students in Catholic schools in grades 3, 6, and 8 took the Arkansas Minimum Performance Tests. The above black students, whosegrade chart shows the results of the test scores, lagged behind that of whites. The first column shows the required passing score for each Groups opposedtothenewlas˘ subject in each grade level, teachers' unions, the Wisconsin The second coitrm gives the averages of the students in Cathol ic Teachers' Association, the state schools throughout the state, tions of principals and school The last column shows the percentage of students who passed in tors, and the National Association for each subject. From these results, it is evident that teachers in Advancement of Colored People. Cathol ic schools are continuing the tradition of excellPj c˘ .ALn ......... educat ion. " ------J '" Students throughout Arkansas will take the Minimum Performance Tests during the second and third weeksin March of 1990. Scores from public schools and percentages will not be available unt i I after Septentoer 1. "