Senate Passes Catholic Schools Week

February 4, 2010

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Press Release from Senator Vitter on February 3, 2010

February 3, 2010
Senate Passes Catholic Schools Week Resolution

(Washington, D.C.) – The U.S. Senate this week passed a resolution authored by U.S. Sen. David Vitter and co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu recognizing Catholic Schools Week and honoring the valuable contributions of Catholic schools in the United States. Catholic Schools Week is January 31st to February 6th and is sponsored each year by the National Catholic Educational Association and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to raise awareness of Catholic education programs throughout the country.

“More than two million students attend Catholic schools in the United States, and more than 97 percent of them go on to pursue a college degree,” said Vitter. “These students should be commended for their strong dedication to their faith, families and local communities and for their steadfast commitment to furthering their studies. This week, we recognize the students and their families and educators for their continued achievement.”

“Catholic schools have a long history of leading students from different backgrounds to success,” said Landrieu. “They are a vital part of communities in Louisiana and across America. This week, we honor our Catholic schools for instilling charity and compassion in their students, and for their consistent commitment to excellence in education.”

The resolution, also co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. Bunning, Casey and Johanns, recognizes an overall graduation rate of 99 percent for all Catholic school students.

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