Catholic Schools Become Charter Schools: Lessons from the Washington Experience

TWICE IN THE SPAN OF 10 YEARS, the Archdiocese of Washington summoned help from an array of leaders in the nation’s capital to preserve its struggling inner-city Catholic schools. The similarities between these two efforts were striking. Both were instigated by serious financial challenges and both were led by archbishops committed to serving disadvantaged children. […]

By Andy Smarick  published on 06/20/2020  Read Full Excerpt  Download complete PDF

Turning Loss into Renewal: Catholic Schools, Charter Schools, and the Miami Experience

IN 2009, SEVEN PASTORS AND THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MIAMI undertook a process to close their Catholic schools and allow public charter schools to operate in their newly empty school buildings. Sparked by the unique vision of one parish priest, the dedication of the Archdiocesan facilities manager, and the strength of a charter school support services […]

By Dana Brinson  published on 06/25/2020  Read Full Excerpt  Download complete PDF