Election 2018

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

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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. ‘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 (01/18/12)
  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. Fund Mandates in Private Schools (Detroit News, 07/26/17)
  2. New Campaign Highlights Catholic Services in Michigan (Catholic News Agency, 03/24/17)
  3. Groups Sue to Stop Funds for Private Schools (Detroit News, 03/21/17)
  4. David Maluchnik: Private School Students should be Treated Fairly (Port Huron Times Herald, 10/11/16)
  5. Editorial: Keep Budget Funding for Private Schools (Detroit News, 04/18/16)
  6. Senate Budget Includes $5M for Private Schools (Detroit News, 04/14/16)
  7. Paul A. Long: Michigan Needs More School Choice (Detroit News, 01/26/14)
  8. Column: Don’t Rule Out Non-Public Schools in Educational Prosperity (Oakland Press, 11/26/13)
  9. Private-School Kids May Get State Aid to Take College Classes (Detroit Free Press, 11/14/11)
  10. Editorial: Give School Choice a Chance (Detroit News, 11/10/11)


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