Catholic Education Partners launched on January 1, 2017 in response to the call for increased Catholic investment in education opportunity. The mission of Catholic Education Partners is to serve the Catholic community by advancing public policy that empowers families and children to enjoy the benefits of a Catholic education.
This is a winning solution for families seeking quality education options for their children and Catholic schools offering financial aid for children who can’t afford tuition out-of-pocket.
The Catholic Church teaches, “Parents, who have the primary and inalienable right and duty to educate their children, must enjoy true liberty in their choice of schools… 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.”
Therefore, Catholic teaching is in favor of parental choice and empowerment in education. The Catholic community should be an important, unified voice for parental choice in education, or “school choice,” particularly in matters of Catholic school expansion and protection of religious integrity.
In partnership with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), several state Catholic Conferences, the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), and the University of Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), Catholic Education Partners has crafted a vision and strategy to unite and mobilize the Catholic mission in parental choice. This effort is primarily executed through:
- Public policy development, research, and state government relations
- Grassroots outreach and mobilization of Catholic communities
In 2015 Pope Francis said, “I have called for inclusive education which makes room for everyone… strive to ensure that Catholic schools are truly open to all.” The best way to make sure Catholic schools are open to all students is to empower families and children with the funding they need to attend and enjoy the benefits of Catholic schooling.