Catholic Conference of Ohio
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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.

State Budget & Catholic K-12 Schools

Recently Passed Budget Helpful to Children Attending Catholic Schools

Funding increases occurred in the EdChoice Expansion Program, Cleveland Scholarship Program, Administrative Cost Reimbursement and Auxiliary Services. Helpful changes also occurred in various program areas.

Ohio Opportunity Scholarship Program Seeks to Expand Parental Choice

HB 200/SB 85 seeks to help low and middle income families send their children to the school of their choice

 HB 200 / 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.

Catholic Conference of Ohio Testimony in Support of HB 200 / SB 85

Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt Named Senior Director of Catholic Education for Diocese of Toledo

Begins August 1, 2017

Dr. Schmidt comes to the Toledo Diocese from his position as the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in West Virginia.

“I am so pleased that Vincent is coming to oversee Catholic Education in our Diocese,” Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of the Toledo Diocese said. “He has over 20 years of experience in Catholic education and is a proven results-oriented leader.”

Welcome Dr. Schmidt!

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Chairmen from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Raise Concerns over Proposed Federal Budget

The moral measure of the federal budget is how well it promotes the common good of all, especially the most vulnerable

President Trump's proposed budget calls for a sharp increase in military spending while making significant cuts across much of the rest of government, including reductions in many long-standing federal programs that assist the poor and vulnerable.

In letters to both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate, the bishops reaffirmed the federal budget as a moral document containing profound implications for the common good of our nation and world. The letter states that the "budget requires difficult decisions that ought to be guided by moral criteria that protect human life and dignity, give central importance to 'the least of these' (Matthew 25), and promote the welfare of workers and families who struggle to live in dignity."

"Sharp increases in defense and immigration enforcement spending, coupled with simultaneous and severe reductions to non-defense discretionary spending, particularly to many domestic and international programs that assist the most vulnerable, would be profoundly troubling.  Such deep cuts would pose a threat to the security of our nation and world, and would harm people facing dire circumstances. When the impact of other potential legislative proposals, including health care and tax policies, are taken into account, the prospects for vulnerable people become even bleaker." 

The letter was signed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, Chairman, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Chairman, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, Chairman, Committee on International Justice and Peace, Bishop George V. Murry, SJ, of Youngstown, Chairman, Committee on Catholic Education, Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, of Burlington, Chairman, Committee on Communications, and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman, Committee on Migration. 

The full text of the letter sent to the U.S. Senate/U.S. House of Representatives is available at:  

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/federal-budget/letter-to-congress-on-fy-2018-federal-budget-2017-05-19.cfm

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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