Loading
NY bishops support tax credits for families to save Catholic schools

.- The New York Catholic Conference is supporting a bill in the state Senate that would provide income-tax credits of up to $3,000 for families that send children to private schools, reported the Ottaway News Service. At a meeting in Albany, Edward Cardinal Egan, archbishop of New York, said the tax credits would give parents greater choice, strengthen public schools and keep parochial schools from closing.

The pressure on Catholic schools to close in recent years has been great. New York State’s nearly 1,400 Catholic schools have been reduced to 750. On average, 10 schools close per year in New York. This year, about 40 schools are slated for closure. There are currently 295,000 students.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Martin Golden, R-Manhattan, would make parents eligible for tax credits of between $500 and $1,500 each for up to two children, depending on income. Families with incomes of $100,000 or more would not be eligible.

Tuition is about $4,700 a year for Catholic high schools in the state and just under $4,000 a year for elementary schools.

The archbishop also argued that the tax credit would enable the state to spend more on public school students, but the bill is strongly opposed by teachers and the National Education Association of New York.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

A state without territory elects new government
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Jul
25

Liturgical Calendar

July 25, 2014

Saint James, Apostle

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 20:20-28

Gospel
Date
07/25/14
07/24/14
07/23/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 2 Cor 4: 7-15
Gospel:: Mt 20: 20-28

Saint of the Day

St. James »

Saint
Date
07/25/14
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 20:20-28

Homily
Date
07/25/14
07/24/14
07/23/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: