Tag: Catholic schools

Indiana education choice advocate partners with Catholic diocese to expand options for students

Editor’s note: This article about Dan Kozlowski, regional director for the Northwest Indiana Initiative of the Big Shoulders Fund, appeared Sunday on nwi.com. As Sister Mary Jo Sobieck took the field to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a Chicago White Sox game, the world watched. And those who didn’t[Read More…]

Middle school doesn’t have to be this hard

Middle school often is the black sheep of the educational family. Lacking the youthful joy of elementary school and the sense of accomplishment of high school, most students consider middle school the worst segment of their education (see here and here). And while many parents and students complain about middle[Read More…]

Private school enrollment increase points to parent, student satisfaction as new academic year begins

Holy Family Catholic School started its new academic year not with a bang, but a boom. An enrollment boom. “Last year, we had about 360 students,” said Sandy Salem, director of marketing and advancement for the Jacksonville, Florida, school.  “This year we jumped to over 420. We hope to continue[Read More…]

South Florida town broadens scope of education task force with inclusion of private school

Lake Worth Beach city commissioners, when forming an education task force to connect with local schools and identify student and staff needs, did nothing unusual when they asked representatives from the city’s six district schools to serve. What was unusual was the members’ inclusion of the city’s private school, Sacred[Read More…]

Florida Catholic schools eager for Purple Star Campus designation

Military families move every two to three years, which means new homes, new cities, and most important, new schools. To help make Florida’s education system more hospitable to the children of active duty and former members of the armed forces, state lawmakers recently approved HB 429. The law, which Gov.[Read More…]

New Florida Catholic schools superintendent: ‘I strive to always operate out of a mindset of hope’

“It will be wonderful to work in a state that understands the value of school choice and enables families of all backgrounds to pick the best school for their child.” — Jim Rigg  The Archdiocese of Miami is getting a new cabinet secretary of education and superintendent of schools. Jim[Read More…]

New face at Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops keeping watch on education choice bills

Editor’s note: To hear a podcast with Step Up For Students’ president Doug Tuthill and Michael Barrett, click here. It’s crunch time for Michael Barrett. Charged with advocating for the passage of bills that help Florida’s Catholic school students, Barrett has been working long hours during Florida’s 2021 legislative session,[Read More…]

podcastED: redefinED interview with Catholic school mom Jennifer Strickland

On this episode, redefinED senior writer Buie speaks with Jennifer Strickland, mother to 14-year-old Jack, a freshman at Catholic High School in Pensacola, Florida. Strickland, a former retail manager and independent cosmetics consultant, found herself a single parent when her husband died unexpectedly. Strickland talks about why she chose a[Read More…]