News Article on “Reinventing Catholic Schools”

An article was released on Wednesday by on the various efforts to breathe life into financially troubled Catholic Schools. Click here to read Sarah Karp’s article titled “Final Exam: Can we reinvent Catholic schools?” Also for a more detailed explanation of the topics, read the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s publication by Scott Hamilton titled, Who Will Save America’s Urban Catholic Schools?

Topics of this article include:

  • Causes for Concern – school closures, dropping enrollment
  • NativityMiguel School Network
  • Cristo Rey Schools Network
  • Conversion of Catholic schools into charter schools in Washington, D.C.
  • The Archdiocese of Wichita’s tithing program
  • The Diocese of Phoenix’s use of the Arizona school tax credit
  • Attracting Latino families to Catholic schools
  • Catholic schools vs. charter school competition
  • Consolidation
  • Aggressive Marketing of Catholic Schools

Also of interest: check out the great work the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame (see Who Will Save America’s Urban Catholic Schools? pages 98-14) and two other University/parish school partnerships: ACE’s Magnificat schools and Boston College’s partnership with St. Columbkille school.


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