Students Rally for School Choice

By: Sr. Bernadette McManigal

Students and Faculty with Senator Charles Colgan in his office.

Last week, students, parents and faculty from our Diocesan schools rallied in Richmond to tell our senators to vote “yes” on House Bill 2314. While unfortunately state senators voted against the bill and it did not pass, the rally was an important lesson in civics for the students who participated. Despite the outcome, it was an exciting and successful event due to the professionalism of the principals, teachers, parents and students who attended and made our case when visiting with the senators or their staff.

House Bill 2314 would have created income tax credits for businesses that donate to scholarship foundations. These donations would have enabled low-income students to attend nonpublic K-12 schools and, at the same time, saved Virginia taxpayers’ money. Had the bill been passed, it would have enabled parents to exercise their right to send their child to their school of choice.

For the students this was a first-hand experience to visit their senators and begin to learn about their rights as American citizens and the workings of state Government. I am proud of the hard work of our faculty, staff, and students!

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