Education

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2229) teaches that parents are the primary educators of their children and must choose how to teach them in a way that conforms to their convictions. Most parents share the responsibility of this task with other individuals and institutions.

One of the greatest tools available to form a human being, to eradicate poverty and to enhance a community is a good education. Coupled with the presence of a strong and supportive family life, educational policies that ensure children are always and in every situation placed above adults or institutions are essential. A major obstacle that must be overcome to eliminate discrimination in education is Article VIII, Section II of the Michigan Constitution, which prohibits state aid to non-public schools and prevents elected officials from passing effective and proven policies. Education reform that benefits all students in public schools, along with equal treatment under the law for non-public schools, must be recognized and pursued. To this end, the Conference supports:

  • Reimbursement to non-public schools for state required mandated services such as health and safety
  • Requirement that all public school districts have open enrollment policies.
  • Policies that seek to improve the quality of public education
  • Mandatory consultation between public school districts and the non-public school districts located within their jurisdiction regarding the appropriate distribution of federal program dollars. Equitable participation in federal programs should also continue in districts that are undergoing reform efforts,
  • Protection of non-public schools from excessive regulation,
  • Preservation of the Michigan Tuition Grant Program, and
  • An end to the state constitutional ban on aid to non-public schools.

News Releases

  1. ‘Low-Income Students Will Benefit,’ MCC Says of Tuition Grant Program Increase (06/05/14)
  2. Catholic Conference Urges Parental Options in Rewrite of State School Aid Act (07/17/12)
  3. Catholic Conference Applauds Dual Enrollment Push in S.O.S. Speech (01/19/12)
  4. New Poll Indicates Overwhelming Statewide Support for School Choice (10/31/11)
  5. Catholic Conference Statement in Support of Senate Passage of Education Reform Legislation (10/27/11)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. Greater Educational Choice is Needed in Michigan (01/16/14)
  2. Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools, a service provider and public policy voice for Michigan non-public schools
  3. National Catholic Education Association, a voluntary association of Catholic educators and institutions
  4. Catholic Schools: Developing Hearts and Minds of Faith (Focus Essay, 11/2013)
  5. A Just Beginning for All, A Series of Messages on Education (Michigan Bishops, 2000)
  6. Statement on Education Reform (MCC Board of Directors, 1993)

MCC in the News

  1. Paul A. Long: Michigan Needs More School Choice (Detroit News, 01/26/14)
  2. Column: Don’t Rule Out Non-Public Schools in Educational Prosperity (Oakland Press, 11/26/13)
  3. Private-School Kids May Get State Aid to Take College Classes (Detroit Free Press, 11/14/11)
  4. Editorial: Give School Choice a Chance (Detroit News, 11/10/11)
  5. MCC Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Expanding School Choice (MLive, 10/31/11)
  6. Faith-Based Schools Should Be Part of Educational Reform (Lansing State Journal, 05/03/11)

Advocacy