The government gives us a real free school

by sister Anna Monia Alfieri

Since I don’t know how to embroider, I insist on writing. Naturally, stubbornness stems from an idea, viz free school. Especially in this phase, when, while the Draghi government is dedicated to the management of the general administration, the engines of the electoral campaign are fired up and alliances are studied in the light of the opinion polls, I believe that it is right to make the voice of many heard through my honest citizens who are tired of certain politics and want a change in society. And if there is to be a change, it must necessarily go through the school. It is a message that the society of good people must convey to politics. It is the right time. Ecclesia semper reformanda, it is said. Well, the school has been waiting for its historic reform for years, it is the recognition of the freedom of educational choice. Only Italy is missing.

We talked about average student costs, the ways public school leaders deal with financial hardship. Today I will return to focus on family law.

What is family law? It is a law delegated to the government which in articles 1 and 2 highlight important openings towards the themes of autonomy, scholastic equality and freedom of educational choice. Here is the first article:

1. This Act contains provisions delegating to the Government for the adoption, reorganization and strengthening of provisions aimed at supporting parenthood and the social and educational functioning of families, at combating undernaturity, at promoting harmonious and inclusive growth of children and young people, at supporting young people’s independence and economic autonomy, as well as promoting a compatibility of family life with the work of both parents and supporting female work in particular.

In particular, it is called that the social value educational and learning activities, even non-formal of the children, through the recognition of tax reductions, exemptions, deductions in the tax base or deductions in income tax in relation to expenses incurred by families or through provision of a credit or an amount of money tied to the purposeor.

Music to our ears! It is easy to understand the historical passage: the educational tasks of families (and the service role of schools) are recognized with specific contributions, up to award “Amount of money tied up” for those who do not pay tax, i.e. the poorest classes. In the delegated decrees of the government, it could be clarified that the expenses of the families to attend private schools are recognized. This is fully consistent with Berlinguer’s law, which recognizes the equality of equal schools“Establishes it” In order to make the right to study and education effective for all students in state and equal schools (…), the state adopts an extraordinary financing plan (…) to be used to support the expenses incurred and documented by families for education through the award of scholarships of the same amount … primarily for the benefit of families in disadvantaged conditions “(art.9 – 11 law 62 – 2000).

The scholarship mentioned in Act 62/2000 can be understood as “standard price per student”, the share that the state allocates to families for their children’s schooling: this does not constitute a withdrawal of funds from the state schools, but a partial compensation for the savings that the state enjoys for not attending state elementary schools. It is, as can be seen, a question of a logical linking of legally founded arguments.

L’Article 2 confirms all this:

In the exercise of the delegation referred to in paragraph 1 of this article, in addition to the general guiding principles and criteria mentioned in article 1, the government must comply with the following additional principles and guiding criteria: b. provide support measures for families through contributions to cover, even for the full amount, the cost of fees in connection with participation in educational services for children in accordance with the accreditation requirements established by applicable legislation and kindergartens.

It is clear that the procedure for children is underway to help families pay tuition and not to provide funds to schools. This principle had already been confirmed by Legislative Decree 65/2017 in Articles 9 and 12 to which I refer.

We await the implementation of legislative decrees (in time, moreover, the government works in a responsible way) to understand the extent of it the solution to guarantee the right to learn that every student hasbeyond any economic discrimination.

There are many hardships that families and our schools live and have to face, but the prospect of the Family Law and the funds from the NRP, which are used to give our children a future, commits us to protect the pluralism that is increasingly threatened , especially in economically more fragile areas.

Eternal Rome, Eternal Vatican. This is how Pope Pius XI said to complain about the curial delays. We could use the same expression in the school area. We have been waiting for the reform of the reforms for too many years. Here we are. The legal and financial conditions are all there and constitute a bountiful harvest. It is necessary to continue along the path taken. Italians expect this and expect a new attitude from the political class, the humility of those who know that they must fulfill their duty because they enjoy the trust of the citizens and that trust, once gained, must be preserved.

These are the fruits of humility: it is he who holds us against our weakness, makes it known and remembered every moment (…) And in adversity is comfort to the humble soul, which acknowledges itself worthy to suffer, and experiences sanity. of joy that comes from allowing justice. (A. Manzoni, Observations on Catholic Morals),

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