“Salvation in Jesus Christ” – what a clear and compelling goal set forth for Catholic education, a challenge that should capture the imagination and energize the commitment of all who serve in our schools. This ultimate goal is realized by the achievement of three specific objectives in our Catholic schools: to teach doctrine, build community and motivate service. – Bishop Thomas J. Tobin
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence provides spiritual support for its elementary and high schools. The schools are critical to the success of public education in the state. Annually, students attending Catholic schools save cities and towns throughout Rhode Island more than $2 million dollars. That is an additional $2 million made available for public school students and teachers.
Thanks to the leadership of former Governor Donald Carcieri, former House Speaker William Murphy and former Senate President Joseph Montalbano and current Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed, the Rhode Island tuition tax credit was passed that allows corporations to receive a tax credit for making contributions that provide financially struggling families with scholarships for their children to attend the school of their choice. The tax credit remains a priority for all private schools in Rhode Island.
Where does the Catholic Church stand on issues critical to the success of public and private education?
- Supports expanding tax credits for Rhode Island businesses who contribute to a “scholarship granting organization” that provides scholarships to low-income children who want to attend a nonpublic school.
- Since Catholic school parents pay taxes and ease financial burdens on cities and towns, supports the equitable participation of nonpublic school children in federal- and state-funded programs.
- Supports full funding of public schools for the transportation of nonpublic school students.
- Supports parental choice in education by broadening financial assistance to families through tax credits or other means to allow their children to attend the school of their choice. Parents should be the first and primary educators of their children.
- Supports continuation of assistance for students enrolled in accredited nonpublic schools through the textbook loan program.