The U.S. Supreme Court today affirmed that parents have the right to choose any private school—religiously affiliated or not—for their children in a school choice program. The court ruling centered around a tax credit scholarship program, the most popular type of school choice program. CEF operates a Tax Credit Scholarship program for at-risk, low-income students in Northeast Kansas, and this Supreme Court ruling protects its constitutionality. The CEF Tax Credit Scholarship program provides a 70% Kansas state tax credit for donations to our charity.
In 2006, CEF established the Antoinette D. Berkel Memorial Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded each summer to Wyandotte County Catholic school students who exemplify a caring heart and a dedication to community service.
A statement from the National Catholic Educational Association.
CEF Scholar Paulina Cortes (center) with her parents and five siblings stand in the lobby of her alma mater, Hayden Catholic High School in Topeka. All six Cortes children are recipients of CEF scholarships.
The oldest of six children, Paulina and her parents didn't think Catholic education was financially possible. Their parish priest introduced them to CEF and, with the help of our scholarship programs, the Cortes family enrolled all six children in Topeka Catholic schools. This May, Paulina became the first Hayden Catholic High School graduate to attend every year of her Catholic schooling on a Catholic Education Foundation scholarship.
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