Suppose you were hiring a new superintendent for your diocesan school system. Whom would you select?
(a) A longtime Catholic schoolteacher.
(b) A Catholic business leader conspicuous for his fidelity to the teaching of the Church.
(c) A retired public school superintendent who (according to a former colleague) "sees public schools as more qualified than anyone-- including private or charter or other similar schools-- to provide what students need for the future" and who donated $300 to Hilary Rodham Clinton for US Senate Committee, Inc.
If you're the Diocese of Syracuse, your answer is (c).
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Posted by: Sterling -
Nov. 05, 2003 9:18 PM ET USA
No, no, it's (d) Barbra Streisand. Now, what's the problem with that???
Posted by: shrink -
Nov. 04, 2003 10:07 AM ET USA
The pandering of chancery education officials toward public education goes back to at least the 1960s when there was a push to have parochial schools accredited by the state. Even in good dioceses these problems are systemic; e.g., the diocese of Lincoln NB, permits or requires the DARE program in its schools.