Catholic Schools

Oklahoma governor opposes withdrawal of legal opinion on religious charter schools

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, who was recently elected to a second term on a platform of expanding education choice, came out in “strong disagreement” against the state Attorney General Gentner Drummond’s withdrawal of a legal opinion issued by his predecessor supporting the approval of a Catholic virtual charter school. Stitt[Read More…]

Catholic high school network receives donation of Orlando property for third Florida campus

A vacant 75,000-square-foot office complex in Orlando, Florida, built as a school for interior design, will reopen in two years with a different kind of interior design as its mission – one that seeks to sharpen teenagers’ minds and instill the Catholic faith in their hearts. Leaders of a group[Read More…]

National Catholic Schools Week commentary: Education choice should be embraced, not feared

Editor’s note: Shawn Peterson, president of Catholic Education Partners, a nonprofit organization based in the Minnesota Twin Cities area, wrote this column for reimaginED in honor of National Catholic Schools Week. Peterson is a former staff member of the Minnesota Legislature who also worked for two Minnesota governors. You can[Read More…]

National Catholic Schools Week: Standing on the shoulders of great people, building a brighter future

Editor’s note: Deacon Scott Conway, Cabinet Secretary of Education and Formation and Superintendent of the Schools for the Diocese of St. Augustine, wrote this commentary in recognition of Catholic Schools Week. As we prepared for Catholic Schools Week, which is Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2023, I could not help[Read More…]

Purple Star program lets Florida Catholic schools nurture military families

It’s tough being the new kid in school. It’s even tougher being the new kid every two to three years. That’s the norm for 1.2 million United States children born into military families. According to the Military Child Education Coalition, military-connected children move six to nine times between kindergarten and[Read More…]

‘The Baptists and the Bootleggers’ and religious charter schools

Last week we discussed the Oklahoma attorney general’s advisory opinion against enforcement of the state’s prohibition on religious charter schools. After reading up on the subject, I declared myself president of the “Religious Charter Schools are Permissible, Mandatory and a Bad Idea” Club. My view on this is not motivated[Read More…]

Florida Catholic school enrollment boosted by stellar academics, strong faith foundation and expanded education choice scholarships

    Enrollment in Florida’s Catholic schools, which rebounded slightly last year after a pandemic dip in 2020-21, is now the highest it’s been in more than a decade. Figures released this week by the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops show total enrollment at 88,031, an increase of 4.5% from[Read More…]

A conversation with Archdiocese of Boston Schools Superintendent Thomas W. Carroll

Editor’s note: Daniel P. Schmidt, former vice president for program of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, and Michael E. Hartmann, senior fellow and director of the Center for Strategic Giving at the Capital Research Center, recently spoke with Thomas W. Carroll about Catholic education and identity, creating[Read More…]