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Preview: Integration pioneer cites Catholic schools' impact

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Fifty years ago, Henrie Monteith Treadwell made history when she successfully fought to attend the segregated University of South Carolina. She praises her family and especially her Catholic school upbringing for helping her stay focused against injustice.

In September 1963, Treadwell, at the age of 16, became the first African-American woman to enroll at the University of South Carolina.

Preview: Signs of hope for Catholic schools

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It seems like not a month goes by that the Catholic community in the U.S. is not faced with headlines about another set of Catholic school closings. Ten school closings in Buffalo, N.Y., were announced in January and at least six schools in Chicago are slated to close. Last year, the New York archdiocese announced it would be closing 24 schools. The year before, 49 Catholic schools in Philadelphia were either closed or consolidated.

Preview: 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."

Preview: SmilePak program provides students nourishment, hope

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Thirty students at Mulberry Middle School in Mulberry, Fla., know they won't go hungry. On Friday afternoons the group meets Kathy Pickett in the school's food pantry to secretly pick up backpacks filled with food. The food in the backpacks provides the students and their families a weekend supply of nourishment. On Monday morning, empty backpacks are returned to the school, and the cycle is repeated.

Preview: Catholicizing the Common Core

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Two-thirds of Americans haven't heard of them, but they're already in place in half of the country's public schools, shifting the way students learn and teachers teach.

They are the Common Core State Standards: a new set of national academic guidelines and a source of passionate opinions and fervent debate. And while an August 2013 poll showed 62 percent of Americans had not heard of Common Core, educators say its impact will reverberate throughout the nation's classrooms, from public to private to Catholic.

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