Catholic Schools

Superman didn’t come here

For two months, the leaders of Rice High School in Harlem, challenged by a six-figure operating deficit and a 44 percent enrollment decline over seven years, have searched for ways to keep the boys preparatory school open. This wasn’t just another financially struggling Catholic school. This was a financially struggling[Read More…]

Are school choice and collective bargaining politically exclusive?

Not according to the Catholic Conference of Ohio. The Catholic Church has long supported school choice measures, particularly for disadvantaged children. But it also has been historically aligned with the labor movement, as evident in this excerpted statement from the Ohio bishops on proposed legislative changes to their state’s collective bargaining laws[Read More…]

Serving the public interest, an institution struggles in hard times

In 1981, sociologist James S. Coleman made the claim that tuition barriers to private schools are “certainly harmful to the public interest, and especially harmful to the interests of those least well-off.” He was referring particularly to Catholic schools and to his just-completed research identifying the social capital that families invested[Read More…]