National Catholic Reporter

The Independent News Source

Converting Catholic Schools to Secular Charter Schools

 |  NCR Today

Patterson Catholic High School in the Patterson, NJ diocese is shuttering its doors, like many diocesan-owned and operated schools. Now the diocese wants to convert the Catholic school into a secular charter school funded by state tax payers. The diocese gets government money for leasing the space to the government and the government gets immediately available space for overcrowding classrooms. Patterson Catholic gets a new birth certificate as a government-approved secular charter school. One local editorial supports the plan.

The obvious fact for Catholic schools is this: Well-funded, private Catholic schools (non-diocesan schools) thrive. Diocesan-owned and operated schools are going the way of the typewriter. It's inevitable despite well-meaning episcopal pronouncements to the contrary. The government funding of government schools (safeguarded by the politically powerful teachers unions) and the simultaneous systemic impotency of the voucher movement are like teutonic plates crushing diocesan-owned and operated Catholic schools. Inner city Catholic schools are a potential catastrophic financial weight on an entire diocesan enterprise, including, e.g., by not adequately contributing to the lay pension funds.

Help keep NCR going!
We rely on donations to bring you the latest news.
Donate today.

Seriously, only a bona fide miracle can save diocesan-owned and operated Catholic schools.

NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at Disqus.com/verify.
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

 

Feature-flag_GSR_start-reading.jpg

NCR Email Alerts

 

In This Issue

August 15-28, 2014

08-15-2014.jpg

Not all of our content is online. Subscribe to receive all the news and features you won't find anywhere else.