Catholic Schools

A parent’s story: Private school, Opportunity Scholarship restores high schooler’s love of learning

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Pennsylvania father Jeremy Spontak was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. I am a single dad with full custody of my two children living in southwestern Pennsylvania. Raising two boys on my own is challenging, but our lives got[Read More…]

How will Carson v Makin affect Catholic schools?

Nicole Garnett, senior policy adviser to the Alliance for Catholic Education and a Notre Dame University law professor, recently joined Tim Uhl, secretary of education/superintendent for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, on the Catholic School Matters podcast to discuss the recent Carson v. Makin Supreme Court case and implications for[Read More…]

podcastED: Catholic Education Partners president discusses parental choice and how education savings accounts represent the next wave

On this episode, reimaginED Senior Writer Lisa Buie talks with Shawn Peterson, president of Catholic Education Partners, a nonprofit organization based in the Minnesota Twin Cities area. A former staff member in the Minnesota Legislature who worked for two Minnesota governors, Peterson talks about growing up in various learning environments,[Read More…]

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship student stays the course to med school despite cancer diagnosis

It was the beginning of the 2019-20 school year and Luke Desclefs was smoothly sailing toward graduating Jacksonville’s Bishop Snyder High School that spring. His course load wasn’t heavy. His grades were in order. His plans for college were in place. Then in October, he noticed a lump on his[Read More…]

Jacksonville Catholic school one of many schools hoping summer programs will address pandemic learning loss

As many students continue to struggle academically more than two years since COVID-19 hit, one Florida Catholic school has a focused plan to close the gap. Guardian Catholic School in Jacksonville, Florida, will offer learning opportunities for students in kindergarten through third grade during its summer program to help those[Read More…]

‘A game changer for us’: California Catholic schools grow during pandemic

Editor’s note: This article appeared Sunday on For the first time in decades, Catholic school enrollment is up, both in Southern California and across the country. After reaching heights of more than 5 million students in the 1960s, enrollment dropped to 1.6 million before the pandemic, resulting in empty desks and[Read More…]

Q&A with a Catholic school advocate who has returned to her roots

“As times change, technology changes, and our students change. We, too, need to continue our education in best practices to be equipped for those changes.” – Cristina Rodriguez Catholic education has been an integral part of Cristina Rodriguez’s life. Her mother was a teacher in Cuba at a School of the[Read More…]

Catholic schools pivoted – and grew – during COVID

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday in the Clarion Herald, the official newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans. A panel of four Catholic education leaders touted the resiliency and flexibility of Catholic schools in the United States during and after COVID at the National Catholic Educational Association Convention[Read More…]