Mission Statement
Citizens for Educational Choice is the voice of nonpublic schools at the Louisiana Legislature. It represents the interests and concerns of nonpublic schools in legislative or policy matters that could impact the mission of those schools. It also seeks state budget appropriations for secular programs mandated or benefitting the education of children in private and parochial schools that are approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and are in compliance with Brumfield v. Dodd.
History
Louisiana Federation, Citizens for Educational Freedom was founded in 1967. In the ensuing years CEF was successful in getting numerous legislative bills passed including innovative and landmark legislation. These included the Required Services reimbursement program, funding for School Bus Transportation, participation in the Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund (8g), a share of the Educational Excellence Fund, and others. On July 1, 2007 Citizens for Educational Choice assumed the mission of Citizens for Educational Freedom. The new name reflects the growing national sentiment for giving parents more options for the education of their children through tax justice.