Public urged to contact lawmakers

Record Staff Report

The Catholic Conference of Kentucky and EdChoice KY are urging supporters of “school choice” legislation to ask lawmakers for their support of House Bill 205 in the Kentucky General Assembly.

House Majority Leader John “Bam” Carney filed the bill last week. The measure would create a scholarship tax credit program in Kentucky that would “generate education opportunities for Kentucky families by increasing the amount of financial aid available to help families who cannot otherwise afford to send their child to a non-public school,” said a press release from EdChoice KY, a coalition focused on educating Kentuckians about scholarship tax credits.

The program would give individuals and business that donate to scholarship- granting organizations, such as the Catholic Education Foundation, a nonrefundable state tax credit, said Andrew Vandiver, associate director of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky. The CCK represents the concerns of Kentucky’s four bishops on matters of public policy and belongs to the EdChoice coalition.

Scholarship-granting organizations would use the donations to award need-based scholarships to Kentucky families that want to send their children to non-public schools, according to a press release from EdChoice.

Individuals are asked to call their representatives and ask them to support the bill by calling 800-372-7181. The operator can help callers identify their representatives.

The public can read these bills at

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