U.S. House and Senate Pass Resolution Recognizing Catholic Schools for Academic Excellence and Emphasis on Moral, Intellectual, Physical and Social Values in Young People Nationwide

Arlington, VA — In support of the National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) 44th National Catholic Schools Week (CSW), Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D – IL) along with 20 co-sponsors, introduced House Resolution 692 and Sen. Joseph Donnelly (D – IN), along with several co-sponsors, introduced Senate Resolution 382 to officially recognize the contributions of Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the United States.

At the invitation of Congressman Luke Messer and Senator Tim Scott, co-chairs of the Congressional School Choice Caucus, NCEA Director of Public Policy and Educational Research Sr. Dale McDonald, PBVM and other NCEA staff joined the Caucus’ annual National School Choice Week rally on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Hundreds of students and school choice supporters from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers, Secretary DeVos and other stakeholders to celebrate all forms of school choice, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, religious schools and home education.

"It is extremely gratifying that both the House and Senate have introduced these resolutions in recognition of the great contribution Catholic schools make to the country," said Dr. Burnford. "NCEA thanks Mr. Lipinski and Mr. Donnelly for taking the lead to publicly acknowledge the importance of Catholic education where community is central to the education ministry of Catholic school teachers and leaders."

The House Resolution states, "…Catholic schools serve the nation by providing a diverse student population from all regions of the country and all socioeconomic backgrounds a strong academic and moral foundation, including 41.4 percent of students from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds and 19 percent from non-Catholic families."

The Senate Resolution affirms that Catholic schools "are an affordable option for parents, particularly in underserved urban areas...whereas the Catholic high school graduation rate is 99 percent with 86 percent of graduates attending four-year colleges."

For more information on National Catholic Schools Week, January 28 – February 3, 2018, please go to http://www.NCEA.org/csw.

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