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. Educational Choice, An Investment in Our Children (08/14/15)
    2. Policies Offer Increased Opportunities for Michigan Students (03/06/15)
    3. A Blueprint for the Common Good (02/06/15)
    4. 2013–2014 Session in Review (01/16/15)
    5. 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. Editorial: Keep Budget Funding for Private Schools (Detroit News, 04/18/16)
  2. Senate Budget Includes $5M for Private Schools (Detroit News, 04/14/16)
  3. Paul A. Long: Michigan Needs More School Choice (Detroit News, 01/26/14)
  4. Column: Don’t Rule Out Non-Public Schools in Educational Prosperity (Oakland Press, 11/26/13)
  5. Private-School Kids May Get State Aid to Take College Classes (Detroit Free Press, 11/14/11)
  6. Editorial: Give School Choice a Chance (Detroit News, 11/10/11)
  7. MCC Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Expanding School Choice (MLive, 10/31/11)
  8. Faith-Based Schools Should Be Part of Educational Reform (Lansing State Journal, 05/03/11)