We’re proud to stand with Catholic schools and school choice. Schools and school leaders meet academic, spiritual, and practical needs every day.

Last week, the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) honored several of these leaders. Their contributions exemplify what Catholic education means to millions of Americans.

Sr. Rosemarie Nassif is a longtime advocate for every parent’s right to choose Catholic education. She received the Leonard F. DeFiore Parental Choice Advocate Award. This award honors a person or organization that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting full and fair parental choice in education. We’re proud to have her as a member of our board.

We fight for school choice because it’s too important not to. Every family deserves the chance to send their children to a school that meets their needs.

Another NCEA honoree reminds us why Sr. Rosemarie and all of us work so hard for this cause. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Palm Coast, Florida, was recognized for its rural education program. The school partnered with its parish and another school about 45 miles away to launch an education program for migrant workers. These parents wanted a Catholic education for their children, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton provided it.

The first cohort of the rural education program was made up of 24 students. Every student received a Family Empowerment Scholarship through Florida’s school choice programs.

For these families who came to the US in search of the American Dream, this school means everything. And the school choice scholarships helped make it possible.

We’re fighting for a world in which every family has that chance.

Thank you for fighting with us.