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The old cliche about walking miles to school in feet of snow is true today for some 20,000 New York kids.
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (Catholic Online) - Get to class! That's the word from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to students and their parents who have been out of school for the past two weeks.
Governor Cuomo has signed an executive order permitting the Department of Education to hire uncertified bus drivers to ship kids to schools, some in places well away from their usual school site.
Along with homeowners, many schools remain closed either wholly or partially as workers repair damage done by Superstorm Sandy. This has forced many students to relocate to other schools.
About 20,000 students are expected to attend relocation schools while their campuses are repaired.
However, parents have balked at the order to return to school saying many classrooms don't have heat and the distances are too far to drive.
Additional bus drivers should help alleviate the transportation problem, but as for heating, kids are being warned to bundle up until facilities are repaired.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.