Delaware Catholic advocacy group wants transportation stipends restored in state budget


The Delaware Catholic Advocacy Network (DCAN) is asking Catholics to contact members of the state’s Joint Finance Committee to request the restoration the school transportation stipend for nonpublic school parents in the state’s 2015 budget.

In a Feb. 10 email to its members DCAN wrote: “Each year, parents who send their children to Catholic schools in Delaware save the state an estimated $150 million while supporting Delaware’s public schools with their taxes. LIBRARIAN HELPS STUDENTS OFF BUS ON FIRST DAY OF CLASSES AT NEW YORK SCHOOL“Catholic school parents pay the same taxes that neighboring public school parents pay, without the benefit.

In return, the Delaware gives these families a minimal stipend to reimburse them for a small percentage of their annual transportation costs.

For the second consecutive year, Gov. Jack Markell is trying to eliminate this modest stipend. Last year, the Delaware General Assembly Joint Finance Committee, at the urging of Catholic school families and supporters, restored funding for the stipend in the FY 2015 budget,

“Once again, we need your help to tell members of the Joint Finance Committee that families who sacrifice to send their children to Catholic schools deserve to keep their transportation reimbursement stipend.

Even if you sent an email to your representative in the past, we are asking you to do it again.”

DCAN provided the email link below for contacting legislators in Dover to support the restoration of the transportation stipend: