ERIC Number: EJ791451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-16
Papal Visit Spurs Plea for "Saving" Catholic Schools
Robelen, Erik W.
Education Week, v27 n33 p1, 14 Apr 2008
A report timed to coincide with the U.S. visit of Pope Benedict XVI highlights what it calls the "crisis" of a steadily shrinking pool of urban Catholic schools and outlines measures--some of which are already being tested on a limited scale--to arrest and possibly reverse the trend. Since 1990, more than 1,300 Roman Catholic schools in the United States have closed, mostly in cities, notes the report released April 10 by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington think tank that has touted the merits of Catholic schooling. Closings have led to the estimated displacement of some 300,000 students who have been forced to attend other schools, says the report, which includes case studies of promising models and a survey of the attitudes of U.S. Catholics and the public at large toward inner-city Catholic schools. The pope's visit to the United States is expected by many as a chance to highlight concerns about Catholic schools.
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Catholics, Urban Schools, Religious Education, Economic Factors, Case Studies, Educational Vouchers
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