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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey held a news conference to sign school choice legislation on March 7, 2024, in Montgomery, Alabama.

Legislative update: The 5 states taking up private school choice bills in 2024

Mar 25, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

More than 13.7% of Catholic school students nationwide use school choice program funding to help with tuition, according to the... Read more


Texas lawmakers vote to remove school choice provision from funding bill

Nov 20, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The amendment would have allowed parents to make use of 75% of the cost of sending the student to public... Read more


Texas school choice bill draws support from state Catholic conference

Nov 1, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that he had reached an agreement with Texas House leadership on the school choice bill. Read more


North Carolina passes universal school choice

Sep 25, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Every North Carolina family will be able to apply for tuition assistance to attend a K-12 private school beginning in... Read more


As a new school year begins, Catholic groups draw battle lines in culture war

Sep 2, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Several Catholic organizations and activist efforts are working to push back on the extreme ideologies in much of public schooling. Read more


Texas bishops support plan to give families tuition credits to spend on private or parochial schools

Mar 24, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Catholic bishops in Texas are all-in advocating for parental school choice in the state Legislature this spring.  Read more

A summer day with a row of school buses stands out in the green farmlands.

New Iowa ‘school choice’ program a boon for Catholic schools, bishop says

Jan 27, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Students who attend Iowa Catholic schools will soon get a financial boost of nearly $7,600 per year. Read more


Vermont to allow religious schools to use state assistance after settling lawsuit

Dec 2, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

State and local government officials agreed that Vermont’s exclusion of religious private schools from the program is unconstitutional and unenforceable. Read more

Catholic school teachers and students. Courtesy: School Sisters of Christ the King

Catholic schools are booming — new EWTN poll sheds light on possible reasons

Oct 7, 2022

By Jonah McKeown, Zelda Caldwell

Catholic voters expressed dissatisfaction with several aspects of public education, which may help explain why Catholic school enrollment is increasing... Read more


US Supreme Court rules against Maine's ban on tuition aid to religious schools

Jun 21, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 6-3 that Maine’s policy barring students in a student-aid program from using their aid... Read more

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

Funding for poor Los Angeles Catholic schools in limbo as judge nixes lawsuit

Apr 22, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Despite a State of California report saying that the Los Angeles Unified School District wrongly withheld federal funding from Catholic... Read more


Supreme Court considers religious liberty in Maine education case

Attorneys representing a Maine family at the Supreme Court are feeling confident following Wednesday’s oral arguments in the case Carson... Read more


Catholic school students ask court permanently to bar Vermont from excluding them from tuition program

Oct 1, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

A religious freedom law firm has filed a motion in federal court asking a judge to make permanent a preliminary... Read more

Illinois bishops urge support for school choice measure, while Nebraska bill fails

May 5, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Illinois bishops are urging Catholics in the state to support a scholarship program funded by donations with tax credit incentives... Read more

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Kentucky Catholic Conference praises school choice law

Mar 18, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Catholic Conference of Kentucky is pleased with the recent passage of a school choice bill in the commonwealth.  Read more

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Michigan bishops welcome court decision favoring funds for private schools

Dec 31, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

The Michigan Catholic Conference is pleased with a recent state Supreme Court decision that requires a lower court to review... Read more

Court halts Education Department’s rule for pandemic relief money to private schools

Aug 29, 2020

A federal judge has blocked a rule by the Department of Education for allocating pandemic relief money to private schools.  Read more

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Bishops back school choice funding bill

Jul 28, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has offered its support for a new school funding bill, as Catholic schools... Read more

NY Catholic archdiocese to close 20 schools, merge 3

Jul 9, 2020

The Archdiocese of New York announced Thursday that 20 of its schools will not reopen, following the coronavirus crisis, and... Read more

Coronavirus relief must benefit private schools equitably, US Education Department says

Jun 26, 2020

Federal coronavirus aid to private schools is now enforceable by law, the U.S. Department of Education has said, following concerns... Read more