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Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933


Every child deserves a quality education and a safe learning environment. Parents, as children’s first teachers, should be able to choose the best educational fit for their family. Michiganders benefit from strong schools of all types. MCC advocates for:

  • Reimbursement to nonpublic schools for state-mandated, non-instructional services, including policies which protect the health, safety, and well-being of students.
  • Maximized opportunities of nonpublic school students to participate in comprehensive shared time services.
  • Policies that seek to improve the quality of public education and ensure parental rights within the public school setting.
  • State policies which enable Michigan residents to take full advantage of federal school choice programs.
  • A requirement that all public school districts have open enrollment policies.
  • Protection of nonpublic schools from excessive regulation.
  • Continued participation of nonpublic schools in school safety and noncore extra-curricular grant opportunities.
  • Adequate funding for the Michigan Tuition Grant and Tuition Incentive Programs.
  • Amending Article VIII, Section 2 of the Michigan Constitution to allow the Michigan Legislature greater flexibility for necessary education reforms.
  • Policies that foster and promote education and job training for the skilled trades.

“We need to provide an education which teaches critical thinking and encourages the development of mature moral values.” — Pope Francis, 11/24/13

News Releases

  1. MCC Joins Legal Brief to Support Nonpublic Schools in Michigan vs. DeVos CARES Act Case (07/29/20)
  2. Lawsuit to Block COVID-19 Funding Discriminates Against Nonpublic School Students (07/07/20)
  3. Governor Whitmer’s 2020–2021 State Budget Includes Highs and Lows, Says Catholic Conference (02/06/20)
  4. Catholic Conference Applauds Attorney General’s Appeal (05/15/18)
  5. On the Death of Mr. Brian Whiston, Superintendent of Education (05/14/18)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. Patience and Persistence: Advocacy Successes in 2019 (01/17/20)
    2. Prioritizing the Vulnerable in the State Budget (03/22/19)
    3. 2019–2020: A Blueprint for the Common Good (01/25/19)
    4. Reflecting, Preparing, and Acting — Advent and Advocacy (12/21/18)
    5. The Issues, The Candidates, and Your Vote 2018 (09/28/18)
  2. Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools, a service provider and public policy voice for Michigan non-public schools
  3. National Catholic Education Association, a voluntary association of Catholic educators and institutions
  4. Catholic Schools: Developing Hearts and Minds of Faith (Focus Essay, 11/2013)
  5. A Just Beginning for All, A Series of Messages on Education (Michigan Bishops, 2000)
  6. Statement on Education Reform (MCC Board of Directors, 1993)

MCC in the News

  1. Faith Leaders Embrace New Mission: 2020 Census (Detroit News, 05/28/20)
  2. Hundreds from Many Types of Schools Rally for School Choice Week (PR Newswire, 01/22/20)
  3. Opinion: Stop Treating Private School Students as Second Class Citizens (Detroit News, 01/20/20)
  4. Michigan Supreme Court May Settle Issue of Public Aid for Private Schools (Detroit News, 06/25/19)
  5. Schuette Will Appeal Court Ruling That Stopped Funding for Nonpublic Schools (Detroit News, 05/14/18)
  6. Schuette, Stand for Private Schools (Detroit News, 05/10/18)
  7. Mich. Judge Strikes Down State Aid to Private Schools (Detroit News, 04/26/18)
  8. Suit: State Aid Ban for Private Schools ‘Anti-Catholic’ (Detroit News, 04/14/18)
  9. Fund Mandates in Private Schools (Detroit News, 07/26/17)
  10. New Campaign Highlights Catholic Services in Michigan (Catholic News Agency, 03/24/17)


Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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