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


Empowering parents to direct the education of their children is a key element of sound education policy. Children of all backgrounds deserve a great education which, along with a healthy family life, Michigan Catholic Conference believes is the best path out of poverty. Article VIII, Section II of the Michigan Constitution, which prohibits state aid to nonpublic schools, prevents elected officials from considering effective policies implemented across the nation. High quality schools, both public and nonpublic, should therefore be encouraged by the State. To this end, MCC supports:

  • Reimbursement to nonpublic schools for state mandated, non-instructional services, including policies which protect the health, safety, and well-being of students,
  • Appointment of a state ombudsman within the Michigan Department of Education to ensure equitable participation of the nonpublic school community in federally funded programs,
  • Maximized opportunities of nonpublic school students to participate in comprehensive shared time services,
  • Policies that seek to improve the quality of public education and ensure parental rights within the public school setting,
  • Requirement that all public school districts have open enrollment policies,
  • Protection of nonpublic schools from excessive regulation,
  • Adequate funding for the Michigan Tuition Grant and Tuition Incentive Programs, and
  • Amending Article VIII, Section II 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. Catholic Conference Applauds Attorney General’s Appeal (05/15/18)
  2. On the Death of Mr. Brian Whiston, Superintendent of Education (05/14/18)
  3. With School Year Underway, Catholic Church Launches Statewide Education Commercials (09/08/17)
  4. Supreme Court Decision in Favor of Trinity Will ‘Widen the Space for Conversation’ (06/26/17)
  5. Section 152b Funding to Move Forward, Despite Supreme Court’s Denial of an Advisory Opinion (10/05/16)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. Prioritizing the Vulnerable in the State Budget (03/22/19)
    2. 2019–2020: A Blueprint for the Common Good (01/25/19)
    3. Reflecting, Preparing, and Acting — Advent and Advocacy (12/21/18)
    4. The Issues, The Candidates, and Your Vote 2018 (09/28/18)
    5. State Budget Successes and the Importance of Engagement (07/20/18)
  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. Schuette Will Appeal Court Ruling That Stopped Funding for Nonpublic Schools (Detroit News, 05/14/18)
  2. Schuette, Stand for Private Schools (Detroit News, 05/10/18)
  3. Mich. Judge Strikes Down State Aid to Private Schools (Detroit News, 04/26/18)
  4. Suit: State Aid Ban for Private Schools ‘Anti-Catholic’ (Detroit News, 04/14/18)
  5. Fund Mandates in Private Schools (Detroit News, 07/26/17)
  6. New Campaign Highlights Catholic Services in Michigan (Catholic News Agency, 03/24/17)
  7. Groups Sue to Stop Funds for Private Schools (Detroit News, 03/21/17)
  8. David Maluchnik: Private School Students should be Treated Fairly (Port Huron Times Herald, 10/11/16)
  9. Editorial: Keep Budget Funding for Private Schools (Detroit News, 04/18/16)
  10. Senate Budget Includes $5M for Private Schools (Detroit News, 04/14/16)


Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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