“State not living up to its obligations to Catholic schools” is the title of an excellent op-ed article written by James D. Cultrara, director for education of the New York State Catholic Conference. This article was published last week in The Journal News, making this especially timely as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week.
Here’s a quote I especially like from Jim’s article:
“We are not new to the struggle of keeping Catholic schools affordable. What is new, however, is that our efforts are being aggravated by the failure of state lawmakers and agency officials to reimburse religious and independent schools for 100 percent of the costs they incur in complying with state mandates and participating in state programs — seemingly in direct violation of the state’s 35-year-old Mandated Services Reimbursement statute, which requires the state to reimburse religious and independent schools for complying with administrative mandates.”