Rep. Lipinski Honors Catholic Schools Week with Resolution in U.S. House
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski has once again introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives praising the outstanding work of Catholic schools and honoring National Catholic Schools Week. The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week — which runs from Jan. 26 to Feb. 1 — is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”
“As a proud graduate of Catholic grammar school and high school, every year I look forward to highlighting the achievements of America’s Catholic schools during Catholic Schools Week,” Rep. Lipinski said. “The Chicago Archdiocese and the Joliet Diocese run two of the very best school systems in the country, regularly producing graduates who are successful in their chosen fields and go on to become leaders in their communities. Visiting the students, teachers, and administrators at our Catholic schools throughout this special week is always inspiring. It is one of the highlights of my year.”
During Catholic Schools Week, Rep. Lipinski visits and speaks at Catholic schools throughout his district. Among the schools he is scheduled to visit this year are St. Francis Xavier School in LaGrange, SS. Cyril & Methodius School in Lemont and St. Catherine of Alexandria School in Oak Lawn.
Rep. Lipinski’s resolution, H.Res. 461, praises Catholic schools for instilling a “broad, values-added education emphasizing the lifelong development of moral, intellectual, physical, and social values in young people in the United States.” It also notes that in the 2012-13 school year, the total Catholic school student enrollment was more than 2 million, with an outstanding student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. The graduation rate for Catholic high school students is 99 percent, with 85 percent of graduates going on to four-year colleges. Today, more than 15 percent of students in Catholic schools are not Catholic. Over the past 30 years, the percentage of minority students enrolled in Catholic schools has more than doubled.
“On behalf of Catholic educators across the country, we are grateful to Congressman Lipinski and the co-sponsors of this resolution in support of Catholic education and National Catholic Schools Week,” said Brother Robert Bimonte, FSC, President of the National Catholic Educational Association. “This week is not only a celebration but a timely reminder that Catholic schools are both a gift to the Church and to the nation that must be treasured and preserved.”
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Catholic Schools Week, as designated by the National Catholic Educational Association and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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