U.S. House and Senate Recognize the Importance of Catholic Schools to the Nation

Arlington, VA – In support of the National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) 45th National Catholic Schools Week, Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D – IL), in cooperation with 26 congressional co-sponsors, introduced House Resolution 51; and Sen. Pat Toomey (R – PA), backed by several co-sponsors, introduced Senate Resolution 33 to officially recognize the valuable contributions of Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the United States.

During Catholic Schools Week, NCEA staff and representatives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathered on Capitol Hill to advocate for school choice.

"The public recognition directed by Mr. Lapinski and Mr. Toomey helps to highlight the importance of Catholic education in the United States," said Sr. Dale McDonald, NCEA Director of Public Policy and Educational Research. "These resolutions not only acknowledge the excellent academics in Catholic education, but also emphasizing the Church’s mission of educating the whole student in mind, body and spirit."

The House Resolution states, "That the House of Representatives...supports the continued dedication of Catholic schools that produce students strongly dedicated to their faith, families and communities by providing an intellectually stimulating environment rich in spiritual, character and moral development."

The Senate Resolution acknowledges, "...the key role Catholic schools, students, parents and teachers across the United States play in promoting and ensuring a brighter, stronger future for the United States."

Both resolutions cite that Catholic schools "...serve the nation by providing a diverse student population from all socioeconomic backgrounds a strong academic and moral foundation, including over 38 percent of students from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds and 19 percent from non-Catholic families."

For more information on National Catholic Schools Week, please go to: www.NCEA.org/csw.

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