ERIC Number: ED443930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Parochial Education and Public Aid: Today's Catholic Schools.
This study explores the types and extent of federal and state aid to Catholic elementary education. It examines the situation in Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio and provides case studies of Catholic elementary schools in Detroit, St. Louis, and Toledo. In Ohio, probably the most generous state with respect to nonpublic schools, the elementary school studied received about $800 per student in government aid toward its annual cost of $2,600 per pupil. The study school in Michigan, in contrast, can expect to receive a couple hundred dollars per student in federal aid, but none from the state. In Missouri, one of two states that will not serve as a middleman for distributing federal aid, a private nonprofit corporation operates a "bypass" system that provides federally funded education services to the state's parochial school system. The study also answers the question of how parochial schools get by on budgets typically one-third to one-half that of public schools. The answer is straightforward: they pay teachers $10,000 to $20,000 less than the going rate for public educators with comparable experience and credentials. Although Catholic school enrollment has increased, most of the growth is in suburban schools. Many Catholic schools in inner cities face a grim struggle to survive. An appendix contains an overview of Supreme Court jurisprudence on public aid to private schools. (SLD)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Catholic Schools, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Federal Aid, Financial Support, State Aid, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan; Missouri; Ohio