Citizens for Educational Choice (CEC) is the voice of nonpublic schools at the Louisiana Legislature. It represents the interests and concerns of nonpublic schools in legislative and policy matters that could impact the mission of those schools. CEC also seeks state budget appropriations for secular programs benefitting the education of children in state approved and Brumfield v. Dodd compliant private and parochial schools.
Louisiana Federation, Citizens for Educational Freedom was established in 1967 and in the ensuing years successfully advocated passage of numerous legislative measures benefitting students attending private and parochial schools. Some of these included Required Services reimbursements, School Bus Transportation, Tuition Tax Deduction, the Educational Excellence Fund and the Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund (8g). On July 1, 2007 Citizens for Educational Choice (CEC) assumed the mission of CEF. The newer name reflects the growing sentiment among parents who wish to have a voice and a choice in the education of their children.
CEC is a 501(c)(4) organization and is supported primarily by annual membership dues from nonpublic schools and parent organizations.
In 2019, we celebrated our 50th Anniversary, read the article here.
THE LEGISLATURE SHALL PROVIDE FOR THE EDUCATION OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE AND SHALL ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN A PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM.
– LOUISIANA CONSTITUTION, ARTICLE VIII. EDUCATION, SECTION 1