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Meeting Halfway: Chicago and South Bend Co-Host Mid-Winter Retreat

Written by Meghann Robinson on Thursday, 27 January 2011.

Let's face it - life is busy, sometimes even overwhelming.

In the midst of a crazy week, or month, or semester, how many of us have found ourselves hungering for some rest, some time away from the grind, some quality time with friends and with God?

Members of the South Bend and Chicago regions willingly navigated the snowy Indiana Toll Road for just such an opportunity.

The Observer - ACE Teacher Attends President's Address as Honored Guest

on Thursday, 27 January 2011.

Taken from the University of Notre Dame's independent newspaper, The Observer.

While most of the nation was watching President Barack Obama deliver Tuesday's State of the Union address from the comfort of their own homes, one of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) teachers had a once-in-a lifetime opportunity.

Speaker of the House John Boehner invited first-year ACE teacher Jack Kelly to attend the address as his guest. With this invitation, Kelly had a front row seat overlooking members of Congress, which he said was an incredible opportunity.

"I studied Political Science and Theology at Marquette University, so meeting the Speaker of the House and [Cardinal Donald Wuerl] at such a historic speech was a dream come true," Kelly said. "It was a blessing to sit with one of my students in witness to the advantage of Catholic education."

From the Director: Celebrate Catholic Schools Week "Early and Often"

Written by Chuck Lamphier on Wednesday, 26 January 2011.

If you’re an ACE Advocate, you know very well what starts this Sunday:  Catholic Schools Week 2011.  This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: A+ for America,” speaks to a very basic belief of the ACE Advocates:  In addition to being good for the Church, Catholic schools are good for children, families, communities, and the nation.
Millions of children receive an education in Catholic schools.  Known for their high academic standards and impressive graduation rates, our Catholic elementary and secondary schools collaborate with parents to form children into the values-driven adults our country and our world badly need.  And let’s not forget that in providing this service to the country, Catholic schools save the government billions of dollars.

Speaker Boehner, ACE Representatives Together for School Choice Week

on Wednesday, 26 January 2011.

As we wrote last night, and just in time for National School Choice Week, Speaker of the House, John Boehner, sent a strong message about  his upcoming push for school choice by inviting a number of students and teachers—and Cardinal Donald Wuerl among others—to be present in the "Speaker's Box" at the State of the Union address.

Representatives from the Alliance for Catholic Education were present with the group. They included Jack Kelly, a first-year ACE teacher earning his master’s degree through ACE Teaching Fellows, and Mike Thomasian, a graduate of ACE’s Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program.

Catholic School Representatives Join Speaker Boehner for the State of the Union

Written by Meghann Robinson on Tuesday, 25 January 2011.

ACE teacher and Remick Leadership graduate among the lucky few

This evening, Catholic school graduate and advocate John Boehner will hear the State of the Union Address from the Speaker’s box for the first time.  In an inspiring show of support for the good work of Catholic schools and of school-choice initiatives such as the Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), Speaker Boehner will be joined in his first Speaker’s box by Catholic school teachers, students, and parents.

Among these will be John P. Kelly, a first-year ACE teacher, and Michael Thomasian, a graduate of ACE’s Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program.  The group will be joined also by Donald Cardinal Wuerl of Washington, D.C., and school-choice advocate Virginia Walden Ford, head of D.C. Parents for School Choice.

An article published by National Review Online highlights Speaker Boehner's tireless support of school choice programs such as the OSP and emphasizes, "The presence of Wuerl, Ford, students, parents, and teachers will underscore the Speaker's commitment to not only these scholarships but a bipartisan effort to continue them in the 112th Congress."

The article includes biographies of Kelly, Thomasian, and their students and fellow educators.  Read to the bottom for a touching message to Congress, penned by eighth grader and Opportunity Scholarship recipient Lesly Alvarez, encouraging the continuation of the OSP.

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