Catholic Schools Rally for Textbook Loan Program Funding

January 08, 2003

Hundreds of Catholic school students, parents and teachers from throughout Maryland will participate in rallies around the state Sunday, Jan. 12 to urge Governor-elect Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. and state legislators to renew funding for the state’s Textbook Loan Program.

Since 2000, the state has provided $3.57 million-$6 million in monies for textbooks that are loaned to nonpublic school students. This amount is very small considering the state spends $2.8 billion on public schools every year and Maryland taxpayers who send their children to nonpublic schools save the state an additional $1.15 billion in costs.

Press are welcome at the following rallies in the Archdiocese of Washington. The rallies will include a brief multi-media presentation on the Textbook Loan Program, presentations by parents and students, and remarks by legislators from the region.

St. Elizabeth School, 917 Montrose Road, Rockville, 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Legislators expected to attend are Delegates Kathleen Dumais-D, Jean Cryor-R, Susan Lee-D, Luiz Simmons-D.

St. Bernard School, 5811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale, 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Legislators expected to attend are Delegates Barbara Frush-D, Pauline Menes-D, Brian Moe-D and Anne Healey-D.

Mother Catherine Spalding School, 38833 Chaptico Road, Helen, 1:30-3:00 p.m. – Legislators expected to attend are Senators Thomas Middleton-D and Roy Dyson-D, Delegates Sally Jameson-D, John Wood, Jr.-D, John Bohanan, Jr.-D and Anthony O’Donnell-R.

Rallies also will be held at 11 other schools throughout the state the same day.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
301-853-4562 or 703-407-0438 (weekend cell)
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