State not living up to its obligations to Catholic schools

“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.”

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3 Responses to “State not living up to its obligations to Catholic schools”

  1. Thank you, Archbishop Dolan, for your steadfast commitment to and advocacy on behalf of Catholic schools. Our prayers are with you, Dr. McNiff, and all of the Catholic educators in the Archdiocese of New York during this Catholic schools week.

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  3. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J. says:

    The Archdiocese should seek out committed Catholic lawyers who will argue for what is just regarding reimbursements to Catholic schools. For whatever the reasons, New York State lawmakers, in general, resent giving moneys to Catholic education despite the service we have provided and continue to provide for thousands of youth. There are too few Catholic lawmakers in New York who will stand with the Church, the faith-tradition that remains the gold-standard of objective truth and justice.
    We need to recruit Catholic lawyers and physicians as well to defend and stand with the Church in dealing with other issues.