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ERIC Number: ED361437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 23
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Community-Sponsored Jewish Supplementary High Schools: Implications for Catholic School Closings and Mergers in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Schneider, Ilene
This study assesses community-sponsored Jewish supplementary high schools, and its implications were analyzed and applied to proposed closings and mergers among Catholic schools in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Data were gathered via administration of a questionnaire, follow-up interviews, an examination of published articles and reports and archival materials from a specific community, and interviews with key community members. Forty-eight communities with community-sponsored supplementary Jewish high schools responded. The research also included a case study of one community where two supplementary high school systems merged. It is concluded that a community can have a successful supplementary school if: (1) the school is founded by synagogues in consort with a central agency; (2) the school is trans-ideological; (3) there is full participation by the rabbis; (4) expediency is not the sole motivation; (5) the location is fairly central; and (6) there is trust and desire to cooperate among stakeholders. These findings have application for reversing plans to close Philadelphia Catholic schools; in particular, stakeholders should be included in the decision process, merged school traditions should be protected, and the laity should have the trust of the clerics and be given a more significant role in school functioning. Contains nine references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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