A Statement by the California Catholic Conference of Bishops
- 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.
We advocate – as a matter of justice – for the high quality education of every child. We affirm each parent’s right, and the responsibility, to direct their childrens' education. We support an exceptional K-12 teaching force serving all California's students. We believe educational reforms are best realized closest to actual learning experiences.
Coinciding with Catholic Schools’ Week, the California Catholic Conference of Bishops has issued a comprehensive document entirely focused on Catholic schools. Entitled “Our Catholic Schools in California: A Stellar Past, A Robust Future”, the document recognizes the tremendous benefit that Catholic schools have had and will continue to have on society as a whole.
The Tenderloin--San Francisco’s most brutal square mile. In the Tenderloin many seem to live hopelessly in their personal hell. Streets and alleys are crowded with drug addicts, homeless parolees, other lost souls.
But the Tenderloin also is home to hundreds of children, living there because their working poor parents cannot afford housing anywhere else.
From their very beginning, Catholic schools have focused on teaching poor and ethnic minority groups. Because of this, Catholic schools hold a rich tradition of educating students from all social and economic backgrounds.
Each year, at the end of August and beginning of September, many families with school-age children look forward to the start of a new school year. Along with this excitement, parents often must also face the not so thrilling reality of paying for a number of education-related expenses. In fact, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released in August of 2014, a middle-income family with a child born in 2013 is expected to spend about $54,806 (adjusted for projected inflation) for childcare and education up to age 18.
The teaching profession is one that demands dedication, commitment, and sacrifice. Indeed, most teachers, whether in a public or private school setting, often go beyond the “call of duty”, motivated by their desire to create a stimulating learning environment and to ensure their students’ success.
Almost 17,000 teachers work in 665 Catholic schools around the state and are responsible for educating more than 212 thousand students.
“When families bring children into the world, train them in faith and sound values, and teach them to contribute to society, they become a blessing in our world,” Pope Francis has said.
Throughout our history, our nation has stood by the fundamental right of parents to raise their children according to their own beliefs – a right upheld by numerous U.S. Supreme Court cases.
For most parents, one of their greatest desires is for their children to receive a quality education. Such an education, which can begin as early as preschool and continue through college and graduate school, is the foundation for young people not only to become productive and knowledgeable members of society but to also achieve economic security and success. In fact, statistics have shown that individuals with a bachelor’s degree earn a significantly higher income than individuals with only a high school diploma.
A high quality preschool education has been shown to result in many strong long-term benefits for both the child and society as a whole. Such benefits include improved student achievement and reduced involvement in juvenile crime.
While there may not be an established formula for what constitutes a high quality preschool education, the National Institute for Early Education Research finds that certain elements are critical: