Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic World News News Feature

DC parents protest plan convert Catholic schools to charter schools December 17, 2007

More than 800 people in Washington, DC, have signed a petition urging the Washington archdiocese to abandon plans to turn 7 parochial schools into charter schools working with the public school system.

The schools targeted for conversion serve most African-American children in the inner city, and opponents charge that the archdiocese is "turning its back on the parents who want a Catholic education for their children."

"We are not giving up without a fight," said S. Kathryn Allen of the Committee to Save Black Catholic Schools. The group has vowed to seek alternate sources of funding to preserve the schools as private Catholic schools.

Opponents of the charter-school conversion have complained that families are not being allowed to transfer their children from the schools slated for closing to other parochial schools. These students, they say, are being "held hostage" by the archdiocesan planners.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Round Trip to the present moment: a Catholic jazz artist's latest offering 16 hours ago
Easter with the Pope April 21
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - April 20
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - April 20