Closing Catholic schools
The Archdiocese of Maryland will be making a major announcment on Wednesday about the Catholic schools in the state. After a year of studying how to stem the loss of students, the archdiocese is expected to announce that it will close a significant number of schools as we write in Sunday's paper.
While the Catholic schools have educated many residents in the past, the number of Catholics who attend the schools has dropped. The Archdiocese can no longer support schools with dwindling enrollments, and so they have made some hard decisions. Some of the schools that are thriving are those that charge significant tuition, have raised outside money for endowments and are attended by middle and upper middle class students. The parish schools that remain in the inner city and in rural areas have had more difficulty. In the past, the parochial schools have gone to the state seeking some public dollars to keep them afloat, including money for textbooks. Do readers believe we should subsidize the parochial schools?
Baltimore schools CEO Andres Alonso has said he would hope to make all the public schools so good that the private schools can't compete. Is greater competition from the charter schools hurting the parochial schools?