Archdiocese of Washington Welcomes Decision on School Vouchers

June 27, 2002

The acting superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, Thomas Moran, welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling today on the constitutionality of the Cleveland school voucher program.

“This ruling marks a great success for parents. Children learn in different ways and parents deserve the right to choose the school that is best for their child,’’ said Moran.

“Here in the Washington area, we work hard to keep our parish schools affordable because our mission is to serve children, particularly those most in need. We work closely with private scholarship and voucher funds, but there aren’t enough resources to help all of the families who want another option, including a faith-based education, for their children.”

Through the Cleveland voucher program, created by the Ohio legislature, parents are provided vouchers which use taxpayer money to help pay tuition for private or parochial schools. The court ruled the voucher programs are constitutional if parents are provided a choice among a variety of religious and secular schools.

More than 34,000 students are enrolled in the 106 Catholic pre-K, elementary and high schools in the Archdiocese of Washington, which includes the District of Columbia and Montgomery, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties. Twenty-four percent of all students in these Catholic schools are non-Catholic and 40 percent are non-White. In the District of Columbia, 41 percent of the Catholic elementary and high school students are non-Catholic and 67 percent are non-White.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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