EAST CHICAGO, Ind. -- It
had been years since Principal Kathleen Lowry pulled extra desks from
the dusty attic of St. Stanislaus, the only Catholic school left in this
port city. But after Indiana began offering parents vouchers in the
spring of 2011 to pay for private tuition, she had to bring down 30
spare desks and hire three teachers' aides.
Thanks to vouchers, St.
Stanislaus, which was $140,000 in debt to the Catholic Diocese of Gary
at the end of 2010, picked up 72 new students, boosting enrollment by
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