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.