Religious Education

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…]

Supreme Court opens path to religious charter schools

Editor’s note: This article appears in the Winter 2023 issue of Education Next. In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Carson v. Makin that Maine violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment by excluding religious schools from a private-school-choice program—colloquially known as “town tuitioning”—for students in school districts[Read More…]

Legislative leaders pledge support for customized education choice at breakfast for Jewish education advocates

With less than two months before the start of the 2023 Florida legislative session, more than 750 Jewish leaders, parents and other supporters of education choice gathered at a breakfast in Davie, Florida, to encourage lawmakers to custom it for more families. “Our theme of this year’s theme this year[Read More…]

New private school seeks to connect Florida students with their Jewish roots

Rabbi Isaac Melnick thinks learning should be fun. As a young teacher in a Hebrew dual-language charter school in South Florida, he ran a lively after-school program that taught Torah to students who wanted to receive Judaic instruction. He called the program Torah 4 Everyone. He also ran Camp Cooluna, a[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…]

Religious charter schools? Choose wisely

  Oklahoma Attorney General John M. O’Connor released an advisory opinion on Dec. 1, which concluded in essence that enforcement of Oklahoma’s statutory prohibition on religious charter schools was likely unconstitutional given a series of rulings by the United States Supreme Court. Nicole Garnett made a similar case in a[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…]

By the numbers: An analysis of religious school enrollment

Editor’s note: Step Up For Students’ manager of public affairs Patrick Gibbons dives into religious school enrollment in Florida by denomination and scholarship program in this post. More than 173,000 students in Florida attend private religious schools using one of the state’s education choice scholarships, representing nearly 70% of all[Read More…]