For Catholic Schools, Time to Innovate

Ray Domanico, director of education policy at the Manhattan Institute, asserts that even amid the Archdiocese of New York announcing the closure of 14 schools this spring, “examples of Catholic school revitalization do exist.” He notes that they are “helped along by lay and religious leaders dedicated to the notion that Catholic schools serve unique religious and civic missions,” and he cites Partnership Schools among those examples.

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Catholic Schools in a Global Context

This winter, Partnership Schools Superintendent Kathleen Porter-Magee joined the Notre Dame Law School’s Religious Liberty Initiative in Rome to explore the challenges facing Catholic schools around the world. As organizers note, “The Catholic Church is the largest non-state provider of education in the world. Catholic schools educate 65 million children globally, and enrollments are increasing dramatically, especially in the Global South.”

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Amid the Pandemic, Progress in Catholic Schools

The news this fall about U.S. student achievement on the national NAEP assessment is “dismal,” as numerous news outlets have covered. But as Kathleen Porter-Magee shares in a recent piece featured by the Wall Street Journal, Catholic schools stand out as a rare bright spot amidst some very dark clouds.

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