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Application Period Open for Varying State Scholarships to Participating Catholic Schools

Parents have until July 31 to apply for an EdChoice Scholarship, an Income-Based Scholarship or a Cleveland Scholarship

EdChoice Scholarships are available to students who are attending, entering or assigned to attend one of the state's underperforming public schools. The scholarships are worth up to $4,650 per year for students in grades K-8 and up to $6,000 for high school students. EdChoice Scholarships can be used toward tuition at a participating private school through high school graduation. 

Income-Based Scholarships are an option for students who are entering kindergarten, first, second or third grade in the 2016-17 school year, if their family's income is at or below 200 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines. For example, a family of four with a household income of $48,600 or less would be eligible to apply for this scholarship. Income-Based Scholarships are worth $4,650 and are to be used toward tuition at a participating private school. The scholarship is renewable through high school graduation.

Students who live within the boundaries of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District are eligible to apply for a Cleveland Scholarship to be used toward tuition at the participating private school of their choice. This scholarship is also renewable through high school graduation. Scholarships are worth $4,250 for students in grades K-8 and $5,700 for high school students.

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Start Talking!

Resources to help talk about the importance of living healthy, drug free lives

An effort is underway across Ohio to prevent drug use among Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens – our children. Start Talking! gives parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.

Children of parents who talk to their teens about drugs are up to 50% less likely to use.

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Archdiocese of Cincinnati establishes a "Civility Campaign" for election dialogues

"Civilize It" campaign a model for other dioceses

The Civilize It Campaign invites people to consider taking a three-part pledge to respect civility, to reflect clarity in their point of view and to encounter others with compassion. Civility in politics is a virtue. The campaign stresses that respectful dialogue can take place among people of differing political views. It compliments the USCCB's Faithful Citizenship Program.

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

Catholic Bishops of the United States Update Teaching Guide on Political Responsibility

 Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility addresses four questions:

  1. Why does the Church teach about issues affecting public policy?

  2. Who in the Church should participate in political life?

  3. How does the Church help the Catholic faithful to speak about political and social questions

  4. What does the Church say about Catholic social teaching in the public square

The Statement is not intended to tell Catholics for whom or against whom to vote.

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