Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 28, 2020 / 15:30 pm
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has offered its support for a new school funding bill, as Catholic schools grapple with the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The School Choice Now Act would provide one-time funding to scholarship-granting organizations, who would be authorized to allocate those funds to parents. The funds could be spent on private school tuition or expenses associated with homeschooling. Parents would be able to pick whatever educational institution they think is best for their child.
Catholic schools have endured a "triple whammy" this spring, Jennifer Daniels, the associate director for public policy in the USCCB's secretariat for Catholic education, told CNA on Tuesday.
This "triple whammy" of families losing jobs, the suspension of Masses and their Sunday collections to offset tuition costs, and the cancellation of spring fundraisers.