In a hastily scheduled webinar this week, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond apologized profusely to hundreds of leaders of private schools serving low-income families for delays in distributing tens of millions of dollars in federal Covid aid.
"We aren't asking for anything other than what public school kids need," said Kathleen Domingo, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the Catholic Church of California. "I don't understand why the department has been choosing to drag their feet in such a prolonged manner."
In an effort to keep schools open and students attending class in person, Governor Newsom on Wednesday announced a new proof of vaccination or weekly testing policy for all public and private school teachers in California.
Catholic and other private schools will soon have the opportunity to apply for $187.4 million the state of California will be receiving as part of the federal Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS) funding.
Today, Friday, August 14, 2020, Governor Newsom provided a live update on the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor focused on education and preparing schools for distance learning and in-person learning, once it is safe to do so.
The California Catholic Conference of Bishops has joined an amicus brief in a case aimed at ensuring that funding earmarked for non-public schools in the CARES Act be used by the states to help all students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. California and other states have sought to withhold most funding from non-public schools.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Catholic Church in California has supported and cooperated with public officials’ efforts to contain the spread of this deadly disease, including closing our schools and suspending public worship.
Today, Friday, July 17, 2020, Governor Newsom provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and addressed one of the most important issues—opening schools.
The U.S. Supreme Court delivered several victories for religious liberty and DACA recipients in recent weeks. The one significant life-related case, however, was disappointing as the Court ended its term for the year.
As some private schools are being forced to close their doors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, California private school advocates are expressing concern over California’s plan to allocate $1.5 billion in funding it received via the Coronavir
- Renewing our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millenium, (Copyright 2005, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Inc.)
- National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) website
- The California Association of Private School Organizations (CAPSO) has information of interest to California's private school parents, students and teachers.
- Information about Catholic colleges in the United States is available from the National Catholic College Admission Assocation. The site contains information for prospective students, parents and high school counselors.