This morning I had the opportunity to celebrate mass at my home parish with Bishop Wall as the celebrant. Sacred Heart Catholic School is celebrating 100 years educating leaders in the Farmington community. I enjoyed seeing my daughters. God, Family, Country. Yesterday, their annual Harvest Festival fundraiser occurred which successfully allows for the tuition to remain affordable at approximately $ 2,500 per year per child. Compare that with the cost of public education in our nation, or in New Mexico where costs approach $ 10,000 per year per child.
We should not fear competition in the private sector. When parents choose to send their children to a private school, it frees resources and reduces the class size for those who remain in the public school. Public schools have been shown to excel where vouchers have been implemented. In New Mexico, vouchers are a tough sell, but a tax credit should offend no one, not even the power teacher’s union. I attended public schools my entire life. The difference that I have seen is with the expectation level that parents and teachers now place on performance because of mandatory testing.
I believe in empowering parents to make the best decisions for our children’s education. The Federal Government has performed poorly in its attempts at improving education. I believe we must return educational power and choice to New Mexico and our local communities.