Posts Tagged ‘NY Post’

Save Our Schools

Friday, May 30th, 2014

We haven’t let up in our efforts to pass the Education Investment Tax Credit bill.  My thanks to Bill McGurn in today’s Post for his support.  Here’s an excerpt:

Why does this matter to others? It matters because a child who attends a Catholic school is much likelier to finish high school and attend college than his or her public-school counterpart.

In Buffalo, for example, 99 percent of Catholic high school students graduate — more than twice the 47 percent rate for public-school students. Ninety-eight percent of the Catholic-school students go on to college.

Meanwhile, fewer than 10 percent of Buffalo public-school students leave high school ready for college.

Earlier this year, Justice Sonia Sotomayor stressed to The New York Times how especially vital these Catholic schools are to people of color or little means — and why she was so “heartbroken” to learn her own alma mater, Blessed Sacrament High School in The Bronx, is shutting down:

“It’s symbolic of what it means for all our families, like my mother, who were dirt-poor. She watched what happened to my cousins in public school and worried if we went there, we might not get out. So she scrimped and saved. It was a road of opportunity for kids with no other alternative.”

Translation: If access to a decent education is indeed the civil-rights issue of our day, Catholic schools play an irreplaceable role in New York.

You can read the full article here.

Behind Every Successful Student is a Catholic School

Monday, June 25th, 2012

I would like to share with you two excellent columns written by New York Post’s Michael Goodwin on Catholic Schools.

Here is an excerpt from his column:

So it goes in New York’s tiresome public-school wars. Meanwhile, there’s another city school system that doesn’t make headlines. It just keeps chugging forward, quietly carrying its students to remarkable success at about half the cost of the public system. Teachers are unionized, yet the schools succeed without endless confrontation.

New York’s Catholic schools are the little engine that could. Their success doesn’t make news because there’s nothing shocking about it. It happens routinely, year after year, student after student.

Some 80 percent of Catholic high-school freshmen graduate in four years. Nearly all take the SAT test, and their average scores are higher than the public system’s, where the rate of test takers is far lower. About 96 percent of Catholic-school grads go to college, the bulk to four-year institutions.

You can read his whole column here.

In his second column, Goodwin writes about the public’s reaction to his previous column.

Here is an excerpt:

Readers, including public-school teachers, don’t deny that Catholic schools do a better job of educating minority children who come from poor families, and at far less cost than public schools. They concede that those kids, about 40 percent of whom are not Catholic, are more likely to succeed in life as a result.

But most believe that success or failure happens before those children ever walk through the school door. The way they see it, behind every failing child are failing parents.

You can read the whole column here.