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Catholic Education

Catholic Conferences Prioritize School Choice Programs

The school choice efforts of Pennsylvania’s Catholics were featured in Catholic Education Daily:  Pennsylvania has two tax credit programs, and was the first state “to create a groundbreaking program that empowers parents to choose the school they believe is best for their child
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Pittsburgh Students Give UPMC St. Margaret Patients a Christmas to Remember

In the spirit of Christmas, elementary school students in the Pittsburgh area joined together to give patients at Pittsburgh’s UPMC St. Margaret Hospital a holiday they will not forget. Last month, students at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy in Aspinwall, PA, joined with th
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The Dire Consequences of Inaction on Education Tax Credits

Actions have consequences; and often so does inaction. Six months overdue, Pennsylvania’s state elected officials still do not have agreement about a spending plan for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The consequences of this budget impasse may not just affect certain programs; they could a
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Urge Elected Officials to Stay at the Budget Negotiation Table

Key budget negotiations are underway. Pennsylvanians can encourage the General Assembly and Governor Wolf to negotiate and pass a budget. The organizations that do the important work of educating our children and serving Pennsylvanians who are vulnerable and at risk can wait no longer
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Every Student Succeeds Act Will Help Children in Need in All Schools

This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and is calling on the Senate to take swift action on the legislation so that it can be signed into law before the end of the year. The White House praised the vote. The bill is poised for a qui
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PCC Executive Director Receives Defender of Life Award

Dr. Robert J. O’Hara, Jr., Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, was honored with the Defender of Life Award by the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia at their annual Stand Up for Life Dinner. Edel Finnegan, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Union of Greater
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State Budget Impasse: Pennsylvanians under Siege

A military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies, with the aim of compelling the surrender of those inside is called a siege. With the state budget now five months overdue, thousands of Pennsylvania families with nothing to surrend
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PA Catholic Schools Win Blue Ribbon Honors

Four Catholic schools in Pennsylvania are being recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools in 2015. National Blue Ribbon Schools are designated by the U.S. Department of Education based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student su
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Release Overdue Funding for Textbooks & Materials

As Catholic school students across the Commonwealth begin the new school year, instructors are feeling the pinch of the unresolved state budget debate. Nonpublic schools do not receive basic education tax dollars, but their students do benefit from line items that pay for textbooks, m
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