Gratitude to Assemblyman Karim Camara

A big thank you to Assemblyman Karim Camara for his excellent op-ed in last week’s New York Post article about school closings. Here is an excerpt:

Last week’s announcement by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York that it may close another 27 schools should serve as a wake-up call for all who care about urban education across New York state. This is not just a “Catholic” issue.

Representing a state Assembly district in Brooklyn and serving as a Protestant minister, I know first-hand the value of Catholic schools in educating the poorest among us, without regard to religion. In the Archdiocese’s schools in New York City, 93 percent of students are nonwhite and 70 percent are from households below the federal poverty line. More than a third of students aren’t even Catholic.

For many families, neighborhood Catholic schools provide a safe haven, a nurturing academic environment and the surest path to college for their children.

To read the whole op-ed, click here.


2 Responses to “Gratitude to Assemblyman Karim Camara”

  1. Eva Marchese says:

    Thank you Assemblyman Karim Camara! You are so right…it makes NO sense not to find a way to keep these schools open. It was gratifying to see a Politician “get it”.

    Schools and children have always been a priority of the Catholic Church. But, how are the Catholic Diocese to keep these schools open? And, now with the burden of the HHS demanding Catholics to “keep their religion inside Church doors” HOW is that to work? Jesus NEVER described Faith as those standing inside the Doors of Religion. HE sent us forth to serve…”feed my sheep”….

    God Bless you, and may your Faithful work be blessed.

  2. Yes, thank you! It was a great piece, of which I sent to several friends. Anytime someone speaks on behalf of the great work of the RCC it’s a great day – and most-times so true and so-often overlooked. Even better is the fact that it’s a word published by someone on the outside of the Church, acknowledging a genuine concern of all people not just Catholics. Thank you, again, Assemblyman Camara!