Due to the current economic climate, some public school districts have canceled summer school sessions this year. In Los Angeles Cardinal Mahony announced that students in the Los Angeles Unified School District were welcome to attend Catholic school summer sessions. For students in desperate need for additional instruction, this should be seen as a great opportunity. Catholic schools have historically been very effective in education, particularly for under-served populations. Since Catholic schools are not supported with public funding, students will be charged a fee to attend the classes. However, Mahony assures concerned parents that “each of our schools will work individually with parents who may require assistance.” In addition, parents should not be threatened by sending their children to a denominational school. Religious instruction in Catholic schools is not meant to proselytize, but welcomes people from many faiths.
The Archdiocese of LA should be seen as model for all Catholic dioceses around the country. Don’t let our nation’s youth miss out on valuable instruction time. Show parents who are sending their students to public schools that Catholic schools are effective educational institutions serving young people with the greatest need.