Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Address
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Education

A quality education is essential for the development of the human person and a necessary tool to eliminate poverty. Our society depends upon an educated citizenry. As the primary educators, it is essential that parents have as many educational options as possible in order to choose what is best for their children. Article VIII, Section 2 of the Michigan Constitution, which prohibits state aid to non-public schools and prevents elected officials from considering effective and proven policies, is contrary to that principle. Michigan’s school children deserve excellent schools of all kinds. To this end, the Conference supports:

  • Reimbursement to non-public schools for state mandated, non-educational services,
  • Expansion of shared time services to include kindergarten instruction,
  • Continued equitable participation of non-public schools in federal programs in districts that are undergoing reform efforts,
  • Policies that seek to improve the quality of public education,
  • Requirement that all public school districts have open enrollment policies,
  • Protection of non-public schools from excessive regulation,
  • Adequate funding for the Michigan Tuition Grant and Tuition Incentive Programs, and
  • Amending Article VIII, Section 2 of the Michigan Constitution to allow the Michigan Legislature greater flexibility for necessary education reforms.

“We need to provide an education which teaches critical thinking and encourages the development of mature moral values.” — Pope Francis, 11/24/13

News Releases

  1. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)
  2. ‘Low-Income Students Will Benefit,’ MCC Says of Tuition Grant Program Increase (06/05/14)
  3. Catholic Conference Urges Parental Options in Rewrite of State School Aid Act (07/17/12)
  4. Catholic Conference Applauds Dual Enrollment Push in S.O.S. Speech (01/19/12)
  5. New Poll Indicates Overwhelming Statewide Support for School Choice (10/31/11)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. Protecting the Health and Safety of All Michigan Students (07/15/16)
    2. Just Governance: A Lesson in Loving Our Neighbors (04/22/16)
    3. Catholic Schools Contribute to Society (01/08/16)
    4. Educational Choice, An Investment in Our Children (08/14/15)
    5. Policies Offer Increased Opportunities for Michigan Students (03/06/15)
  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. David Maluchnik: Private School Students should be Treated Fairly (Port Huron Times Herald, 10/11/16)
  2. Editorial: Keep Budget Funding for Private Schools (Detroit News, 04/18/16)
  3. Senate Budget Includes $5M for Private Schools (Detroit News, 04/14/16)
  4. Paul A. Long: Michigan Needs More School Choice (Detroit News, 01/26/14)
  5. Column: Don’t Rule Out Non-Public Schools in Educational Prosperity (Oakland Press, 11/26/13)
  6. Private-School Kids May Get State Aid to Take College Classes (Detroit Free Press, 11/14/11)
  7. Editorial: Give School Choice a Chance (Detroit News, 11/10/11)
  8. MCC Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Expanding School Choice (MLive, 10/31/11)
  9. Faith-Based Schools Should Be Part of Educational Reform (Lansing State Journal, 05/03/11)

Advocacy

Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Email
Address
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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