“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 Declaration of Christian Education (Gravissimum Educationis), Pope Paul VI


Parents have the right to choose the kind of education best suited to the needs of their children. They should not bear an economic burden when choosing a private or religious school. In other words, tax dollars should be available to assist them in exercising that right.

The Iowa Catholic Conference supports parental choice in education by broadening financial assistance to families through education savings accounts, tax credits or other means to allow their children to attend the school of their choice. We also support the equitable participation of nonpublic school children in federally-funded programs.

Among our partners in this effort:

Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education

Iowa Association of Christian Schools

19 01, 2017

Education Savings Accounts for Iowa

The Iowa General Assembly is considering the passage of Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) during the 2017 legislative session. ESAs are state-funded savings accounts that would help parents choose the kind of education best suited […]

24 09, 2015

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 […]