Join us as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, with special film screenings of our new documentary, “Big Sacrifices, Big Dreams: Ending America’s Bigoted Education Laws,” at Boston College High School in Boston, MA on Monday, January 29th at 6:30pm; Marian High School in Framingham, MA on Tuesday, January 30th at 6:30pm; and Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, MA on Thursday, February 1st at 5:30pm.
View a film trailer featuring Sarah Kelter, a student at Framingham’s Marian High School:
“Big Sacrifices, Big Dreams” profiles four American families, two of which are from Massachusetts. Their pursuit of educational opportunity is impeded by so-called Blaine Amendments, which prohibit state money from supporting families sending their children to religiously affiliated schools. There are 38 states with constitutions that contain Blaine Amendments.
The screening events will include remarks by Raymond Flynn, former Ambassador to the Holy See and former Mayor of Boston. A longtime champion of the poor, Ambassador Flynn is a leading lay Catholic voice in the United States, a best-selling author of The Accidental Pope and John Paul II: A Personal Portrait of the Pope and the Man, as well as a frequent newspaper columnist, national TV analyst, and national talk show host. Flynn graduated from Providence College as a Dean’s List All-American-Academic. He earned a Master’s degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Read op-eds on this topic co-authored by Ambassador Flynn and Pioneer’s Jamie Gass in The Pilot, The Daily Caller, The New Hampshire Union Leader, The Lowell Sun, and The Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise.
Pioneer hopes to raise public awareness about these amendments, which prevent more than 100,000 families in Massachusetts cities with chronically underperforming schools from receiving scholarship vouchers or education tax credits that would provide them with greater school choice. Visit us online to learn more.
The screening events are open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.