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ERIC Number: EJ1005879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Reference Count: 4
Responses from the Field
Frazier, Donna; Kroll, Robert J.; Boetticher, Jeffery M.
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, v10 n3 p288-292 Mar 2007
This paper presents responses from Donna Frazier, Robert J. Kroll, O.F.M., and Jeffery M. Boetticher to John Huber's research article entitled "The Accessibility of American Catholic Secondary Schools to the Various Socioeconomic Classes of Catholic Families." Frazier stresses that the accessibility of Catholic education at the secondary level is an important issue to consider. Parents have identified the cost of secondary Catholic education as the primary factor in choosing public over Catholic schools. The problem will require the resources and commitment of the local churches and the dioceses to fund Catholic education for all children. While aggressively searching for ways to make Catholic education accessible to all socioeconomic classes, Catholic schools can capitalize on the opportunity to make a difference in the world through shaping individuals whose actions and decisions may ultimately lead to a more ethical and just society. Kroll says Huber's research affirms what seems to be the attitude and trend in Catholic secondary schools as well as elementary and middle schools. He adds that he is a product of Catholic school education--kindergarten through graduate school--and was influenced by the educational mission and core values of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (Mequon Wisconsin Province) and the Franciscan Friars (Assumption BVM Province) which established a culture of learning. He attributes three of his Catholic education core values, which he discusses in this paper, to these cultures. Boetticher suggests that Huber's (2007) findings are a restatement of the major financial challenge facing all Catholic school administrators. He discusses two main issues in Huber's article that are particularly relevant to the challenges facing Catholic schools. By combining development strategies that have both a long- and short-term outlook, he believes that Catholic schools can effectively increase their available financial assistance both now and in the future, and open the doors of Catholic education to families of all economic backgrounds.
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Catholic Schools, Access to Education, Tuition, Socioeconomic Status, Parent Attitudes, School Choice, Financial Support, Student Financial Aid, Student Costs, Institutional Mission
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
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