Why Federal Aid for Catholic Schools Helps Everyone

America’s Catholic schools have been called a “national treasure,” yet not everyone is willing to help preserve them with tax dollars.

Opposition to federal aid for such schools likely will arise as Congress prepares the next coronavirus stimulus package. President Donald Trump has asked that it include funds for scholarships to pay tuition for private and religious school students and tax credits for business and individual donations to the scholarship programs.

A U.S. Department of Education policy that was to make sure private schools receive an equitable share of aid allocated for schools under the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act has already been challenged in a federal court complaint filed by the states of Michigan, California, Maine, New Mexico and Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. CARES funds can be used for personal protective equipment, cleaning, remote-education training and distance-education tools. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has said the policy tips the scales in favor of private schools, leaving her state’s public-school students behind.

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