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Philadelphia Archdiocese to close or consolidate 49 schools

By Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012 02:29 PM

Today the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that four high schools and 45 elementary schools will be closed or consolidated. The Archdiocese's Blue Ribbon Commission studied Catholic education in the area and released their report this afternoon at a press conference.

The Inquirer has a full list of the schools affected, including the closure of St. Hubert and West Catholic High Schools. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said at the press conference that "we need an honest response to serious losses," according to the Inquirer's Kristen Graham.

Parochial schools in Philadelphia have suffered a 30 percent decline in enrollment over the past 10 years, according to the Inquirer. Philadelphia's public schools are also grappling with declining enrollment, as well as how to handle a stock of aging buildings. That inventory is what prompted the District to conduct its own study and create the facilities master planning process.

It's unclear how the closure of parochial schools may affect public schools or the Great Schools Compact. Under the compact, the District has expressed interest in supporting and replicating successful models of any school type: District, charter, or parochial.

Keep up with news and reaction to the announcement via #archschools on Twitter.

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Comments (6)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 6, 2012 3:28 pm

PLEASE--The Catholic Church is a even bigger joke than Charter Schools. The clergy takes oaths of poverty etc. then live like Princes for the rest of their lives. They also act as a sanctuary for people with enormous psycho-sexual issues to hide behind the cross. Can anybody REALLY be surprised about the resulting pedophilia epidemic there?
In any case, they tell families to have kids in all directions but when the families can't afford to pay, the church leaves you like redheaded stepchildren with bad acne.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 6, 2012 4:01 pm

The charters schools closed the Catholic schools.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 7, 2012 3:09 pm

Many schools that have been part of my life are closing, and I feel nothing. The Catholic church had a good run, and it is fading away. My family is suffering, but I am at peace. The charter school system is just hastening a process that began decades ago.

Submitted by Tony (not verified) on May 1, 2012 6:11 am

Education is quite important for us to survive in a rapid changing society and technology, closing down schools will not only give the students a hard time adjusting to new schools but also some of the students will not be able to finish school because their parents do not have enough money to send their kids to other schools.
Sincerely,
T Harv Ecker
Preschool Teacher

Submitted by john robet (not verified) on November 1, 2012 2:17 am
PLEASE--The Catholic Church is a even bigger joke than Charter Schools. The clergy takes oaths of poverty etc. Exam Preparation then live like Princes for the rest of their lives. They also act as a sanctuary for people with enormous psycho issues to http://www.examsmafia.com hide behind the cross. Can anybody REALLY be surprised about the resulting pedophilia epidemic there? In any case, they tell families to have kids in all directions but when the families can't afford to pay, the church leaves you like redheaded stepchildren with bad acne.
Submitted by john robet (not verified) on November 1, 2012 2:58 am
Many schools that have been part of my life are closing, and I feel nothing. The Catholic church had a good run, Exam Preparation and it is fading away. My family is suffering, but I am at peace. The charter school system is just hastening a http://www.examsmafia.com process that began decades ago.

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