Friedman Foundation facilitated discussions on expanding public funding to non-public schools as a way to mitigate the achievement gap, and shared research showing similar educational choice efforts improving academic outcomes for children while lowering state education costs. There were also discussions on expanding Minnesota’s new early childhood education scholarships to K-12 education, and what would be required to pass a school choice bill.
These convenings marked a first step in aligning priorities among educational choice supporters, which relates closely to GHR’s Catholic Schools Initiative. At the meetings, GHR staff shared the initiative’s strategy, highlighting a desire to increase Catholic school funding and discussing GHR’s funding of assessment preparation and testing to drive quality and attract new funding sources. To learn more about leveraging Catholic education to bridge the achievement gap, contact us.