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Charter-school movement offers possibilities for Catholic-school survival

Catholic World News - October 17, 2012

Writing in City Journal, Sean Kennedy remarks that Catholic schools face serious economic challenges, but could survive and even prosper by taking advantage of the new public support for charter schools:

Catholic schools should embrace the rise of charters as an opportunity, not a threat. They should borrow ideas from the best charters, just as charters once borrowed from Catholic schools.

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  • Posted by: unum - Oct. 19, 2012 7:01 AM ET USA

    The death of Catholic education was preordained when their support became the duty of the parents of the students instead of all of the faithful. Schools for "the 1%" with new cars lining parking areas do not fit most Catholics idea of Catholic education. The bishops have never explained their priority that was more important than Catholic education. That said, establishing "Catholic" schools funded by secular governments and controlled by their regulations would be an ever greater folly.

  • Posted by: jamesbell431857 - Oct. 18, 2012 1:21 PM ET USA

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has successfully pushed Democrats to support charter schools but oppose vouchers has given $300,000 to the Manhattan Institute. Acknowledge that citizens should be able to opt out of terrible public schools in favor of free -- yes but allow them to opt for religious education instead -- no. This is a bridge too far.

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