“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
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 to the needs of their children. Parents who choose not to enroll their children in a public school could receive a deposit of public funds of about $5,500 to $6,000 into a savings account set up by the state. This money could be used by parents for K-12 Catholic school tuition and fees.
The Second Vatican Council promulgated The Declaration on Christian Education (Gravissimum Educationis) on October 28, 1965. The declaration has guided discussions about Catholic education in schools, parishes, colleges and universities for over 50 years. Click here to read the document.
Additional resources on ESAs:
Our partner organization: Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education
Visit United for Students to watch a short informative video, learn more about ESAs and sign the petition supporting ESAs!