By Grazie Pozo Christie and Andrea Picciotti-Bayer

Unless you are the parent of a student at a Catholic school, you may not know that this week is Catholic Schools Week. As mothers of happy parochial school students and successful graduates, it’s a big deal for us.

Every year at this time, we celebrate these safe and nurturing institutions that not only prepare our children academically for their professional futures, but also instill virtues that will allow them to excel as citizens, spouses, and parents. We are grateful for both the relative affordability of these schools and their role as safe havens for generations of disadvantaged and immigrant children who might otherwise be trapped in failing public schools.

In fact, the whole country should be celebrating Catholic schools this week and hoping for a favorable result in a case argued before the Supreme Court just last week: Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. This case could make it easier for more families – Catholic and non-Catholic, religious and non-religious – to benefit from Catholic and other religious private schools.

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