Aparecida 340: The Role of the State In Education

State guarantee, a plus:

340. Because of its significance and scope, this non-transferable right, which entails an obligation and expresses the freedom of the family in the realm of education, must be firmly guaranteed by the state.

State funding, a plus:

Hence, government, which is charged with protecting and defending the freedoms of citizens, in keeping with distributive justice, must spend public aid—which derives from taxes from all citizens—in such a manner that all parents, regardless of their social condition, may choose, according to their conscience, from within the wide range of educational options, the schools suited to their children. This is the fundamental value and the juridical nature that grounds aid to schools. Therefore, no educational sector, not even the state itself, may claim for itself the power to bestow on itself privilege and exclusivity for the education of the very poor, without thereby undermining important rights. The natural rights of the human person, peaceful co-existence of citizens, and the progress of all are thereby promoted.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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