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.