On Wednesday evening, the American Federation for Children awarded Cardinal Timothy Dolan with their 2020 John T. Walton Honoree award for his long-time support of school choice.
Before serving as as Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Dolan served the Church as Archbishop of Milwaukee, when Milwaukee first launched its school voucher program that would become the model voucher program for other states in the decades that followed.
In his conversation with Campbell Brown, the co-founder of The 74, Cardinal Dolan spoke to the divisive state of American politics, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the apparent need for agreement on a topic that all Americans support: school choice.
Cardinal Dolan affirmed the innate wisdom in parent choice as an issue we can all get behind. Especially now, with COVID-19 redefining what a “normal” education looks like, school choice could not be more of a timely topic. Educational choice bypasses partisanship and ideology. It’s all about what is best for children, after all.
In his words, “if we enhance educational opportunities for our kids, and if we give them the freedom to go to the school of their choice, statistics show things get better.”
We couldn’t agree more.