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New York: Catholic schools face stiff competition from charter schools

April 27, 2011

The rise of tuition-free public charter schools has helped lead to the closing of Catholic schools that have a strong record of success in educating New York City’s urban poor, according to Sol Stern of City Journal.

“For every charter school recently opened in Harlem, two Catholic schools have had to close because of financial trouble,” writes Stern. “The same holds for New York City as a whole. Since inner-city Catholic schools have historically provided lifesaving educational choices for minorities and the poor, the result has been a net loss of good schools for Gotham.”


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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Jun. 21, 2011 2:56 PM ET USA

    If Catholic schools had continued to emphasize the most important thing, the Faith, they would have retained their distinctive value in parents' eyes. Instead, they gave up on their "brand", accepted the secular model, and touted their better test scores. Now that well-funded charter schools are catching up on that measure, Catholic schools appear to have little left to offer. Live by the test score, die by the test score.