Saturday, June 8, 2013

New Funds for N.Y. Catholic Schools

After its March lobbying trip to Albany, the website of the New York State Catholic Conference (NYSCC) reported, “Lawmakers provide $4.5 million in a new funding stream to our schools for safety equipment—in response to the horrific school shootings that have occurred around the country.”

The NYSCC represents the Bishops of New York State in matters of public policy.

Every March, the NYSCC organizes a lobbying trip, with a wish list, to the N.Y. State Legislature.

This year, the lawmakers had committed additional funds for public school safety measures as part of the gun control bill, so the NYSCC sought money for Catholic school safety equipment.

In preparation for lobby day, the NYSCC advised its supporters to send this letter:

“I am outraged that the needs of Catholic schools and our families are being ignored while additional efforts are being made to support public schools. For example, the funds you already committed for school safety projects apply only to public schools and do nothing to address the safety of children in Catholic schools. Does the safety of our students not matter?”

The Catholic schools got the money. The phrase, “new funding stream” implies that the NYSCC considers this aid an entitlement, and plans to lobby annually for it.

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