From the Morning Memo:

Cardinal Timothy Doland and the state’s Catholic bishops on Monday will gather in Albany to push for the passage of the education investment tax credit — a controversial bill that faces an uncertain future in the Democratic-led Assembly.

Dolan and the bishops will meet with their most prominent Democratic ally on the issue: Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The governor will hold a luncheon reception today while Dolan and the bishops are in town to lobby lawmakers.

Cuomo has repackaged the measure as the Parental Choice In Education Act and embraced the bill as part of a broader end-of-session push alongside combating rape on college campuses and raising the age of criminal responsibility.

But the passage of the EITC has been a long-sought priority for the Catholic Conference and the Archdiocese of New York, who say it will help keep struggling parochial schools open.

“Keeping our Catholic schools open and affordable is a colossal challenge for one simple reason – our schools operate on an extremely un-level playing field,” Dolan said in a statement. “Public schools are completely and endlessly funded by taxpayer dollars while our schools operate largely on charity, good will, and great sacrifice – particularly the sacrifice of parents who struggle to pay tuition to send their children to our schools. Lawmakers created and perpetuate this un-level playing field, and only they can level it.”

The bill is aimed at spurring donations to public schools and private scholarship programs that benefit private and parochial schools. There are also provisions that would give a benefit to teachers who purchase school supplies.

The measure is staunchly opposed by the state’s teachers unions, which continue to smart over the passage of education reform measures in the budget and are heavily lobbying Democratic lawmakers believed to be on the bubble with the issue.

NYSUT has been pushing back against the latest EITC campaign with mailers in targeted Assembly districts.

Dolan was angered earlier this year when the tax credit — linked to the DREAM Act for undocumented immigrants — was dropped from the budget talks.

Weeks later, Cuomo and Dolan had patched things up, and were making joint appearances at rallies across the state.

Cuomo now even appears in a TV ad promoting the measure.