Elementary & Secondary Education Department

Currently, there are more than 160,000 children in Pennsylvania’s Catholic schools. The PCC Education Department represents the Church on behalf of students in Catholic schools and in public schools regarding issues of justice and morality. Here are a few of the issues the department will advocate during the 2011-2012 legislative session, in no particular order:

  • Support and promote school voucher legislation.
  • Support and promote increase in funding for the EITC.
  • Monitor and promote passage of a state budget that includes existing programs for  nonpublic school students (transportation, technology, textbooks, etc., and  auxiliary services) and  appropriate increases.
  • Monitor legislation regarding funding for pre-school education and support efforts to include nonpublic school students in such funding.
  • Support and promote religious childcare legislation.
  • Monitor legislation that would be harmful to Catholic schools and Catholic school students.
  • Support and promote special education funding legislation.
  • Oppose any legislation that blurs the distinction between Article IX and Article X childcare facilities under the Public Welfare code.
  • Monitor and oppose any legislation or executive branch actions that would unfairly or excessively regulate Catholic preschools and childcare centers.
  • Assist the USCCB in developing and promoting federal tax credit legislation for individuals and businesses to promote parental choice in education.
  • Monitor and oppose legislative or organizational activity harmful to Catholic schools regarding the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA).