As head of CCI's Education Department, Zach Wichmann writes an occasional newsletter on education issues pending at the state and federal level and their impact on Catholic schools.
As the legislative session reaches into May, the action starts to heat up. So does our campaign for school choice called "Invest in Kids." This initiative will allow corporations and individuals to get a state income tax credit for donations made to foundtions that grant scholarships to low-income students to attend private and Catholic schools. PLUS, it also increases the income tax credit individuals get for education expenses from $500 to $750. Read more about it in our May 2015 Education Newsletter.
Recent news has focused on the $300 million shortfall in the Child Care Assistance Program, a state-federal program that allows for subsidies to be paid to daycare providers so that low-income parents can work or attend school. Did you know that some of our Catholic schools receive money from this program? Read more in our March 2015 Education Newsletter.
The spring legislative session began in mid-January, and it promises to be an exciting time for educational initiatives for both Catholic and public schools. The Catholic Conference of Illinois has teamed with EdChoice Illinois in crafting the Quality Schools Tax Credit Act. What is it? Read the February 2015 Education Newsletter to find out!
CCI's education advocacy efforts rely on principals and legislative action people (LAP) getting the word out to parents and Catholic school supporters about education initiatives. Read how this organized effort works to publicize the greatness of our Catholic schools in the December 2014 Education Newsletter.