January 29 – February 5, 2012: Recognize financial sacrifices by parents; savings to state. Legislature files resolutions.
Tallahassee, FL – As the nation celebrates Catholic Schools Week, January 29 – February 5, 2012, the bishops of Florida take the opportunity to express their appreciation and admiration for all members of the Catholic school community, including students and their parents, school administrators and teachers, and clergy, for the important role each plays in the ministry of Catholic education.
In a written statement, the bishops acknowledge the financial sacrifices made by parents who have entrusted the education of their children to Catholic schools, “The financial sacrifices made by these parents in paying taxes to support public schools, while at the same time paying tuition, results in a huge savings for our state. Considering the $6,267 average basic cost to educate a child each year in Florida’s public schools, the over 82,000 students in Florida’s Catholic schools save the state $470 million annually. This considerable savings is realized after adjusting for the nearly 11,000 Catholic school students participating in State funded scholarship programs.”
In addition to the bishops’ gratitude, Catholic schools in Florida are being praised by members of the Florida legislature. Resolutions recognizing “Catholic Schools Week” in the State of Florida have been filed in both the Florida House and Senate. SB 932 (Altman) and HB 9025 (Kiar) acknowledge that the common good of the state of Florida is strengthened through the existence of Catholic schools.
“We are grateful to Senator Altman and Representative Kiar for publically recognizing the valuable contribution of Catholic schools in the education of Florida’s youth, including many students of other faiths, and some who are economically disadvantaged or have special education needs,” said James Herzog, associate director for education for the Florida Catholic Conference.
Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration designated by the National Catholic Educational Association and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Academics. Service.”
Catholic Schools Week 2012: Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Florida
Catholic Schools Week 2012: Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Florida in Spanish
Florida Catholic School Statistics for the 2011-2012 School Year
Florida Catholic School Participation in State Scholarship Programs, 2011-2012
Senate Resolution 932 (Altman) / House Resolution 9025 (Kiar)
The Florida Catholic Conference is an agency of the Catholic Bishops of Florida. It speaks for the Church in matters of public policy and serves as liaison to the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. The archbishop and bishops of the seven (arch)dioceses in Florida constitute its board of directors.