LB295: Opportunity Scholarship Act
Opportunity Scholarships Act Advances From Committee For the First Time Ever May 23, 2017 -- After more than a decade of trying, the Opportunity Scholarships Act (LB 295) has advanced out of comm… Read More.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Know Your Rights
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (2002) and serving as the latest iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Educat… Read More.
NCC Position Statement: 9/16/1996
Nebraska Parents who educate their children in non-government schools for religious or other reasons should be able to:
- Exercise, without economic penalty, their parental rights and responsibilities to choose the education they deem best for their children
- Obtain economic recognition for the substantial cost savings they provide the State and its governmental subdivisions by educating their children in non-government schools
- Freely exercise their religious preferences in educating their children, regardless of their financial situation
- Exercise choice and promote competition, thereby strengthening the State’s government and non-government schools
Parents are not being treated fairly under the present educational finance system. All parents are subject to the State’s mandate to educate their children, but are provided free instruction only in government schools. This creates an economic burden on parents who choose to meet the State’s mandate by providing their children with education in non-government schools.
The inequitable treatment of parents choosing non-government schools fails to recognize the cost savings they provide the State of Nebraska, and fails to promote their freedom in fulfilling their responsibility to provide the instruction they deem best for their children. Moreover, in those many instances where the parents are financially unable to assume the added financial burden, their choice is effectively denied.
Accordingly, the present system needs to be modified in order to meet the above objectives and provide a fair and equitable system for the education of Nebraska children.
Websites of related interest
While my previous column alluded to the state’s Blaine Amendment, it did not discuss the bigoted history behind the Blaine Amendment. And as the saying goes, “those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”
Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue is anticipated to be one for the history books, as it has the potential to have far-reaching implications for nearly 40 states around the country that have Blaine Amendments in their state constitution.
Come celebrate 50 years with the Nebraska Catholic Conference.
...religious freedom exists not to provide “special protections” for those who have lost the cultural or legal battles on foundational political issues. Religious freedom is so much more: it is the capacity of every human person to act on the truth as he or she understands it, without undue influence or coercion from the government.