Joint Statement of the Indiana Non-Public Education Assoc. and the Indiana Catholic Conference
Choice Scholarship Reconciliation
Dec. 17, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s non-public schools today announced completion of a state-wide self-study of tuition and financial-aid practices. John Elcesser, executive director of the Indiana Non-Public Education Association (INPEA), said the study resulted in 80 member schools returning today a total of $3,958,747 to the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program. The accounting reconciliation covers the past three academic years, the entire period in which Choice Scholarships have been available to low- and middle-income Hoosier families.
Of that sum, $3,715,517 was returned by Catholic schools, which enroll approximately 60% of all students receiving Choice Scholarships. According to Glenn Tebbe, executive director of the Indiana Catholic Conference, the five Catholic dioceses in Indiana operate 176 schools serving 55,600 students.
“When we discovered through our own review that unintentional errors may have been made in calculating Choice Scholarships, we quickly took action to identify the mistakes, correct them, and return all overpayments to the State of Indiana,” Tebbe said... (Read more)
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis during his weekly General Audience in the St Peter’s Square (Wednesday) today told pilgrims the Church is on a continuing journey towards heaven. He also asked for prayers for his upcoming Apostolic visit to Turkey.
At the heart of Pope Francis catechesis at his General Audience on Wednesday was the continuing journey of the Church towards Paradise. On a rainy day in St Peter’s Square the Holy Father explained to the pilgrims and tourists present that “the Second Vatican Council reminded us that the Church is not an end in herself, but that she is continually journeying through history to the kingdom of heaven, of which the Church on earth is the seed and beginning.”
The Pope went on to say that at the end of time this pilgrimage will reach its fulfillment when ... To read more click here.