Pandemic stimulus bill excludes Catholic school students, their families

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ education committee said Oct. 1 “it is unconscionable” the HEROES Act stimulus bill proposed in the House is excluding Catholic school students and their families.

The bill includes $225 billion for education, including $182 billion for K-12 schools, but “provides no equitable services for students in nonpublic schools and maintains language that prohibits any funds from being used to provide financial assistance to nonpublic school children,” said a news release about the measure from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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