Strengthening Catholic Schools

The New York Daily News has an excellent editorial this morning on the value of our Catholic schools.

Here is an excerpt from the editorial:

The trend must be reversed. New York cannot afford to lose schools that provide high-quality education to all comers in many of the poorest neighborhoods. Fully 62% of their students come from families that are at or below poverty level, and 44% are non-Catholic.

Dolan and archdiocese Schools Superintendent Timothy McNiff are advancing a plan to fight back against the perception that, in Dolan’s words, the schools are in “hospice” care and subject to inevitable decline.

You can read the whole editorial here.


8 Responses to “Strengthening Catholic Schools”

  1. Kevin says:

    I suggest encouraging Catholic parents of young children who have not settled down to move closer to churches with parish schools. This will make it easier for them to send their kids to the school or to volunteer.

  2. Stacey says:

    I want to start by stating that I am a parent from one of the schools the ADNY has decided are not profitable enough to continue to provide Catholic Education to our youth. As the Parent’s Association President I can tell you first handed that the proposal we submitted to the ADNY was a profitable plan. Did we hit a bump in the road for the first time this year, after serving the community for over 50 years, Yes we did. However to turn your back on the children and the parish families is….well, we all know what it is. I have reached out for further explanation from the ADNY as to the decision that was made about our school. I have yet to hear a response. What did the 4 or 5 schools that have been saved propose and why not apply their revolutionary ideals to the other 27 schools. Arch Bishop Dolan states,”The trend must be reversed. New York cannot afford to lose schools that provide high-quality education to all comers in many of the poorest neighborhoods. Fully 62% of their students come from families that are at or below poverty level.’ Our parish is not the wealthiest nor the poorest, but I can tell you in one weekend’s time we raised over $500,000 to continue the Mission of the ADNY to educate children in a Catholic atmosphere. The ADNY is missing out on an opportunity beyond comprehension. I have began the heartbreaking attempt at looking for a suitable education for my son in neighboring schools. It is not affordable. Even at parishioner rates I am faced with paying double and triple what I pay now. Thank You ADNY for those opportunities for Catholic Education at amounts that will drive me away from the Catholic School System.
    Yours in Christ,

  3. NANCY says:

    I am a parent from one of the schools that the ADNY has decided to close down. I feel that it is unjust that you made all of us jump through hoops just for your personal entertainment. We had a strong plan which addressed all of your concerns such as enrollment, tuition, fundraising,new programs and eliminating the ADNY support. You barely glimpsed at our plan and told us that it wasn’t enough. You asked us what else did we have and in three days we accumulated $ 500,000 in pledges in our 5 year plan and you called us liars. Now you tell me, was that very Catholic of you?? You want to know why people are turning away from the Catholic faith, then look at your selfish, unscrupulous and possibly corrupt committee.
    You say to me have faith? Even though I still have faith in my God, my faith in you leaves much to be desired. I am going to be strong and courageous….not be discouraged, for the Lord my God will be with me wherever I go (Joshua 1:9). However, I know you and your committee will not be walking with me.


    Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps,
    if you are not willing to move your feet…………….

  4. Evelyn says:

    I don’t understand “New York cannot afford to lose schools that provide high-quality education”. This is not the case. Not only are you loosing schools when closing them, you are loosing the supportive families that come along with them.
    How can one think that you are not losing, when three neighboring schools are all closed at the same time? Where are all of these children to go? To the larger school so that they can sit among 44 other students in one class? How does that help anyone? Are you saying it’s okay for my children to not get all the educational attention they are entitled to?
    Closing St. Batholomew’s is a mistake. Reread the proposal. Look at the pledges that were submitted. Your rejection and the reasons you identified to not align to the proposal. We were not overly ambitious. We were realistic and we had faith that the readers of the proposal would have faith in all the work that many on.
    The choices that you have taken away are incredible. At this time, I have three choices. Leave the Catholic school, register my children in a that will be so overcrowded that my children will not learn, or split my children up because the school that I can afford and may provide the educational environment that will nurture them only has enough space of 1 or 2 of them.
    It is difficult to continue to have faith, when those that are supposed to be able to support us in difficult times turns their backs on us.

  5. Christine says:

    I can’t believe the way the Archdiocesan toys with the people and esp children. They asked for a 5 year proposal from the schools (within a VERY short time frame) and then come back and ask for proof of pledges (gave only a few days notice to pull that together). All the documents were provided. Only to find out that they didn’t really read all of it and was going to close the school anyway. Why not the give the school a chance to prove the proposal can work??!!! Why does the NY Archdiocese feel that they were “losing” money on these schools. Isn’t Catholic Education an investment? It’s okay for the Archdioceses to pay out millions for the lawsuits, but not keep our kids in their schools. Give me a break!!!

  6. kim says:

    my daughter attends one of the schools that made the list to be closed. I could have afforded the school she was attending and now I have to take on the hard task of finding another affordable school in my surrounding community. so far I have had no such luck! The tuition rates are out of my budget and the student – teacher ratio is not feasible for me. I would prefer sending my child to public school with the same ratio for free as opposed to sending her to a Catholic school with the same ratio and pay thousands for the school year plus additional fees. morals and values I can instill in her at home. many of the other families share my sentiments as well.America is a wealthy country that is full of opportunities and it is sad to see that education is of little value because funds are quick to be cut off to schools , schools are closed in a heart beat and teachers are underpaid among other things.stop treating our children’s education as a business.may God bless you all

  7. Mary says:

    Reconsider the plans, give us a chance

  8. Laura McNally says:

    I am disappointed in the closing of St. Bartholomew’s School in Yonkers. When we were notified that our school was at risk, the entire community sprang into action. A proposal was put together in a short amount of time that we knew could work. When the proposal was presented we were given another task of collecting pledges to support the school for the next 5 years. In 4 days we were able to present $500,000 dollars in pledges for the school. No task was not met that we were asked to do. To receive that we were closing was shock. Why have us jump through hoops, if it was never intended to be taken seriously? Wne meeting with parents after the news broke all I saw how everyone had faith in the Archdiocese. Everyone felt used. What I learned from the Archdiocese is that even though they say you are a school at risk, it truly means that you are closing. Let us just be upfront instead of giving false hope. I am truly ashamed of the behavior of the Archdiocese.
    My family is now facing a third school closing, I would like someone from the Archdioceses to explain to us why we should bother continuing with catholic education and the catholic faith when all it has become is business, who does not care how it affects its families.