Parents who send their children to Covenant Life School are exercising School Choice. Unfortunately not all parents are able to choose the school that will be the best fit for their children because of financial inability, which locks many students in schools that are failing their children or that do not affirm their family values. Virtually all states provide resources to nonpublic schools and at least 28 states and the District of Columbia provide school vouchers. Maryland provides significantly less support for nonpublic schools than other states in our region, and has imposed nondiscrimination requirements that have blocked many religious schools, including CLS, from participating in these funding programs. Additionally, there is a strong lobbying effort by MSEA, the Maryland affiliate of the National Education Association, to influence our state senators and delegates to defund (aka shut down) all programs that support nonpublic schools and students, potentially affecting up to 110,000 nonpublic school students. Unfortunately, some key legislators that have supported funding for nonpublic schools are not seeking reelection.
The results of the election on November 6 will be of great importance to all private and religious school families in Maryland.
Please do the following:
- Reach out to the candidates in your district and ask what their position is toward school choice and the funding of nonpublic schools. You should have received an Official Voter Guide and Sample Ballot in the mail to know who is running in your district. If you are not sure, you can find your MD district here.
- Vote on November 6 for candidates that support school choice and funding for nonpublic schools.