Many public schools are refusing to open back up.
…because open or closed, they get paid, and their schools survive.
But Catholic schools are facing an existential threat. If Catholic schools don’t open up this fall, many could close for good.
CV’s Senior Political Advisor and former congressman Tim Huelskamp, sounded the alarm this week in the Washington Examiner:
“Catholic schools in America comprise the largest parochial school system in the world. They have been in existence even before our nation’s founding. They have built an unparalleled legacy of academic excellence, promoted racial and ethnic integration, and made the American dream possible for so many whose opportunities were otherwise limited. These cherished institutions are facing extinction very soon….
“If they are prohibited from resuming in-person classes in the fall, many Catholic schools may never reopen again. So many can barely make it now. In addition to losing support from Sunday parish collections, which have slowed to a trickle thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, these schools would lose another critical source of revenue: tuition.”
Tim’s right. Throughout our nation’s history, Catholic schools have provided a counterweight to the government-run school system. Catholic schools have done heroic work in educating children of every race and income — often at less than half the cost. Most importantly, our Catholic schools have taught the Faith (well, most of them anyway).
According to the Alliance for Catholic Education, more than 130 Catholic schools across 23 states have already closed their doors due to the pandemic. The organization predicts the number will only rise as more parents decide they can no longer afford tuition.
We cannot allow Catholic schools to collapse on our watch.
President Trump has promised help. Now we need Congress to step up to the plate and ensure Catholic families are able to afford tuition this year.
The U.S. Bishops are supporting the School Choice Act, which would provide emergency funding in the covid relief bill to organizations giving scholarships to Catholic school students. Their plan has the backing of the Trump administration already. The only thing standing in the way are congressional Democrats.
I encourage all of you to read Tim’s entire article, and to share it with your friends and family.
P.S. I’m very proud to have Congressman Tim Huelskamp on board the CatholicVote team as a Senior Advisor. He’s been instrumental in helping CV develop the largest Catholic voter outreach program in history. As a proud Catholic father of four adopted children, Tim understands exactly what’s at stake this year.