Enhancing futures, transforming lives through Catholic education

A recent article in the Des Moines Register tells the story of a family that escaped the civil war of South Sudan before finding a home in Iowa and enrolling their children in Holy Family Catholic School in Des Moines. The family receives a scholarship thanks to the state’s School Tuition Organization (STO) tax credit [...]

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Education Savings Accounts for Iowa

“Consequently, the public power, which has the obligation to protect and defend the rights of citizens, must see to it, in its concern for distributive justice, that public subsidies are paid out in such a way that parents are truly free to choose according to their conscience the schools they want for their children.” The [...]

By |January 19th, 2017|Catholic Education, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates, School Choice|Comments Off on Education Savings Accounts for Iowa

Ombudsman position can be another step in supporting options for Iowa students

Iowa public and non-public schools, along with Iowa parents, are partners in offering an education system for all of our state’s children. President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, into law last year, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. ESSA recognizes the need for representation of non-public school interests [...]

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Why do we work for access to Catholic education in underserved communities?

We believe parents have the primary role in the education of their children and access to Catholic education is primary to our mission as Catholics. It is how we serve the needs of children and families and help improve their lives. Catholic education is a public service and a contributor to the common good by [...]

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No Child Left Behind

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, was passed in 1965 as the education component of President Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” It was designed to address the achievement gap between children from low-income families and their higher-income peers and was the most expansive federal education bill ever passed. The bill created a special source [...]

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Education Savings Accounts – 2015

January 2015 Parents are the ones primarily responsible for the education of their children. We believe Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are a tool that would empower parents across our state to choose the best and most suitable education for their children, regardless of economic standing. ESAs would allow parents who choose not to enroll their [...]

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Why do we work to protect Catholic education?

We believe parents have the primary role in the education of their children and that access to Catholic education is primary to our mission as Catholics. Catholic education is a public service and a contributor to the common good by creating a model of “schools for the human person.” Catholic education models faith in action [...]

By |August 6th, 2014|Catholic Education|Comments Off on Why do we work to protect Catholic education?

Update from Midwest Catholic Education Advocates Conference

Lucas Swanepoel, associate director for governmental relations at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Katherine Knight, associate director of public policy in the Secretariat of Education at the USCCB.        Photo: Reed Flood, The Catholic Mirror Thanks to the presenters and attendees of the eighth annual Midwest Catholic Education Advocates [...]

By |July 14th, 2014|Catholic Education, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Update from Midwest Catholic Education Advocates Conference

Midwest Catholic Education Advocates conference starts today

Catholic Conference staff and others interested in education are traveling to Iowa today for the Midwest Catholic Education Advocates Conference. We're looking forward to hearing from representatives of the Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the Institute for Justice and the American Federation for [...]

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