Happy New Year!!!
National School Choice Week is January 23-29, 2011. We anticipate that just in time for the celebration, school choice legislation will be introduced in Pennsylvania. To mark the occasion a pro-school choice group called Students First has scheduled a rally at the State Capitol in Harrisburg on January 25, 2011, at 2:00 pm.
If you are interested in attending, more details will be available at http://www.studentsfirstpac.org/ or call Students First at 717.340.6030.
If you can come to Harrisburg on January 25, PCC has a new tool online to help groups plan their trips to the Capitol. It includes details about visiting your legislators, parking buses, eating lunch and finding your way around the Capitol Complex. Explore what it has to offer at http://pcc.lobbytracpa.com/home/.
If you cannot attend the rally that day, you can still voice your support for school choice. Watch for future action alerts from ACE-PA in the coming weeks. We will keep you posted as this “hot topic” progresses. Visits in the home district, phone calls, faxes, letters and e-mails still count.
The PCC and the Bishops of Pennsylvania know the sacrifices that families endure for Catholic education. With that in mind we are lobbying for school choice legislation that will allow more parents to choose nonpublic school and will assist parents who already send their children to nonpublic schools. In addition, we will seek to safeguard the Catholic identity of our schools and make sure the boundary between Church and state remain intact.
2011 is shaping up to be a good year for the school choice movement, but we will need your help to be successful. The future of Catholic education in Pennsylvania depends on all of us. If you have any suggestions on improving ACE-PA or increasing our membership, please contact me at [email protected] .