Richard Riordan, the founding president of the Los Angeles Catholic Education Foundation, announced a new campaign to raise $100 million for Catholic schools in the Los Angeles area. Riordan wrote an insightful article in the Wall Street Journal last week about the importance of funding for Catholic education. I would like to share it with you. Here is an excerpt:
Catholic schools shaped my spiritual, intellectual and social growth. This included grammar school (where I got a very good education despite having 55 students in my classroom), high school and then college. I remember vividly my third-grade teacher reading to us for a half-hour every day. It started me on a lifelong love of reading. I remember the ethic of service the nuns and lay teachers instilled in me. I was taught that the poor were not to be pitied—they wanted only to be given the opportunity to succeed. And the fortunate had an obligation to help.
So why are Catholic schools the answer to our urban education woes? Aren’t charter schools beginning to help this underserved population? Charter schools are an amazing development, and I’ve chaired the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools and the Inner City Education Foundation, both charter advocacy organizations. But not everyone will be able to attend charter schools because the capacity isn’t there.
You can read the whole article here.