Catholic Schools

redefinED roundup: Voucher proposals fall short in Texas and Tennessee, school choice rally in Florida & more

Tennessee: Gov. Bill Haslam, not pleased with Republican plans to create a broader voucher program, pulls the plug on his voucher proposal, limited to low-income children from low-performing schools (Associated Press). More from Nashville Public Radio and The Tennessean. The finger pointing begins (Chattanooga Times Free Press). New York Times takes a look at the Achievement School District,[Read More…]

Catholic schools in Florida show growth, buck national trend

Across America, Catholic schools are closing. But in San Antonio, Fla., where cows meet cul-de-sacs on the fringe of greater Tampa, St. Anthony Catholic School is getting new classrooms. The 129-year-old, K-8 school has rebounded since it hit a Great Recession low of 153 students in 2010. It’s up to[Read More…]

Some private schools want to give FCAT and end-of-course exams a try

At least 13 private schools that accept the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship have applied to administer the FCAT and end-of-course exams next year. The schools, mostly faith-based and in South and Central Florida, have submitted their applications to the Florida Department of Education, which will decide in August whether to[Read More…]

Highlighting the value of faith-based schools – and the void when they close

“I am heartbroken,” was Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor’s response upon hearing that her Catholic alma mater, Blessed Sacrament School in the Bronx, would be among the 24 latest Catholic schools to close in an impoverished area. She continued in her New York Times interview to describe it as “symbolic[Read More…]

Florida charter school bill okayed along party lines

The Florida House subcommittee on choice and innovation approved its first bill along party lines Wednesday, giving charter schools more freedom to grow but also including new accountability measures. Lawmakers continue to amend the bill, which would allow charter schools to move into unused district facilities. It would also tighten[Read More…]

redefinED blog stars: On Coursera, Cristo Rey, course choice and more

Editor’s note: “Blog stars” is our occasional roundup of thoughtful stuff from other ed blogs and sometimes a newspaper or two. Don’t forget course choice From a Shreveport Times op-ed: Nearly all of us have had an experience where we were stuck in a class in which no matter how many times[Read More…]