Catholic Conference of Ohio
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Education Department - Catholic Conference of Ohio

About the Education Department

The Catholic Conference of Ohio's Department on Education serves those involved in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, religious education, youth and young adult ministry, and college campus ministry. Those meeting as groups on a regular basis include the Diocesan Directors of Campus Ministry, the Diocesan Directors of Religious Education, Superintendents of Schools, and Diocesan Directors of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Each of these groups uses the Conference as a forum for planning, discussion, cooperative action and professional growth.

Education

Catholic Principals Encouraged to Invite their Elected Officials to Visit their School

  • Posted: Mar. 28, 2017
  • Categories: Education

Inviting legislators into Catholic schools provides an opportunity for elected officials to see -- firsthand – the many ways our schools serve students and their families and make a difference in local communities.  It is also an opportunity to share how state-funded programs benefit students. 

Many Catholic students participate in programs such as the EdChoice, EdChoice Expansion, Cleveland, Autism, and Jon Peterson Scholarship Programs.  Student services and resources are utilized through Auxiliary Services, while Administrative Cost Reimbursement funds are reinvested into the school for the betterment students.

Hosting a Legislative Visit (PDF)
Legislative Agenda 2017: Catholic Schools (PDF)

Catholic Conference of Ohio Issues State Budget Recommendations

Health, Human Services and Education Areas Addressed In Letter To Ohio House Members

The Conference encourages House members to keep the needs of the poor and vulnerable foremost in mind. "The basic moral test for our society is how we treat the most vulnerable in our midst. This preferential option for the poor and vulnerable includes all who are marginalized in our nation and beyond—unborn children, persons hungry, homeless or unemployed, the elderly, persons in need of health care, persons with disabilities, persons in need of quality education, immigrants and refugees, and persons who are victims of injustice and oppression." 

Full Letter to House
Background Page on Health & Human Services
Background Page on Supporting Families Who Choose Catholic Schools

Ohio Opportunity Scholarship Program Seeks to Expand Parental Choice

SB 85 seeks to help low and middle income families send their children to the school of their choice

 SB 85: the Opportunity Scholarship Program is a game changer.  It combines the current Ed Choice Scholarships and the Cleveland Scholarship into a new income-based program that allows full and partial scholarships to families earning up to 400 percent of poverty.  An important benefit of this program is the increased opportunity it will provide for many low and middle income families to send their children to the school of their choice.

2017 School Choice Rally

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – 11 AM – Statehouse

Catholic school administrators, teachers, students and their parents are invited to the May 2 School Choice Rally at the Statehouse in Columbus. 

This is an opportunity to show your elected leaders that school choice is an essential social justice issue for parents to have the freedom, without financial burden, to choose  schools that are best suited for their children.  

Presently, there are five school choice programs in Ohio. SB 85 was introduced earlier this month that would reform and expand school choice opportunities for Ohio’s families.

 Click here to sign up today for more information!

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State Scholarship Programs

Learn about the various Scholarship Programs available to Catholic Schools in Ohio.

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The Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association

Department Contacts

Larry Keough
Associate Director, Department on Education

Convenes and staffs the Superintendents of Catholic Schools and Diocesan Youth and Young Adult Directors

Superintendents of Schools
Chair: Mary Fiala, Diocese of Youngstown

Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Chair: Sean Reynolds, Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Department Contacts

Theresa Bowser
Director, OCSAA

Convenes and staffs the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association (OCSAA)

Chair: Joe Brettnacher, Diocese of Columbus

Department Contacts

Carolyn Jurkowitz
Director, Catholic Conference of Ohio

Convenes and staffs the Directors of Religious Education and Campus Ministry

Directors of Religious Education
Chair: David McCutchen, Diocese of Toledo

Campus Ministry Directors:
Chair: Ellen O'Shaughnessy, The Downtowners Ecumenical Campus Ministry