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Tucson diocese rescues schools in partnership with new Notre Dame program

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Omar Pro Montaño looked into sending his daughter to Catholic school years ago, but he couldn't afford the then $5,200 tuition at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in Tucson.

"If I was financially set, it would have been a no-brainer," Pro Montaño said. "I would have gone with a little less to make sure she went."

But at that time, Pro Montaño was in school so that he could take care of his family. He is a barber and his wife is a prep cook, and money has always been tight for the family of five. Pro Montaño wants better for his kids. Amirah and her little brother, Omar, earned good grades in the public school. He and his wife keep them busy and out of trouble through sports and activities.

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A version of this story appeared in the March 28-April 10, 2014 print issue under the headline: Tucson diocese rescues schools in partnership with new Notre Dame program .

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