Friday, January 29, 2016

Op-ed: Catholics need to lead on school choice

This week is National Catholic Schools Week. A week that the National Catholic Educational Association calls the “annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.” This week is also National School Choice Week. It exists “to raise public awareness of all types of education options for children.”

It’s no accident that these two weeks coincide.

In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, nearly 38% of the children in archdiocesan Catholic schools are able to attend because of school choice. So in Wisconsin, as in much of the country, there is a direct correlation between education reform initiatives and the operational capacity of Catholic schools. As a fundraising consultant I know tells his clients, “No margin, no mission.”

Because of this, Catholics have a responsibility to zealously support and advocate for school choice initiatives that help Catholic schools do what they have done well for generations: provide a high-quality, faith-based education.

The Second Vatican Council explained that, “The public power, which has the obligation to protect and defend the rights of citizens, must see to it, in its concern for distributive justice, that public subsidies are paid out in such a way that parents are truly free to choose according to their conscience the schools they want for their children.
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It's very good, read the rest. Some interesting statistics.

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