Posts Tagged:school choice

‘A willingness to start with ‘yes’’: How one Catholic school graduated its first student with Down syndrome

Tears flowed down the faces of Abigail “Abby” Agudelo’s classmates, as earlier this year she became the first student with Down syndrome to graduate from St. Augustine’s School in Andover, Massachusetts. “We know other parochial schools in Massachusetts are striving to do the same today,” Abby’s mother, Wendy Agudelo, told CNA in an interview in…Read More

Fired over transgender pronoun mandate, Virginia teacher appeals to state supreme court

A Virginia teacher fired for not using the “preferred pronoun” of a self-identified transgender student has appealed his case to the state supreme court. Peter Vlaming, who taught French in Virginia’s West Point school district for seven years, was suspended and subsequently fired in 2018 for not using a male pronoun to refer to a…Read More

Arlington Catholic Schools Flooded by New Students After Reopening 100% In-Person and Banning Transgender Pronouns

As millions of Catholic schoolkids returned to classes Monday, the Diocese of Arlington braced for a huge enrollment spike following its recent announcements of a 100% in-person learning policy and a ban on transgender pronouns. John Gonzales reported for the local ABC news affiliate that 17,000 kids enrolled in the northern Virginia diocese’s 41 schools…Read More

Blended virtual learning, longer school days and fidelity to the magisterium: The experiment that could change the future of Catholic education

The Archdiocese of Boston, home to Lexington and Concord, may now be the stage for an education revolution. This fall, the archdiocese is launching Lumen Verum Academy, which will be a blended-learning high school—the first such Catholic school in the nation. This new initiative should yield important lessons for Catholic schools, and for educators more…Read More

Atlanta Public School Told Catholic Couple To Remove Child From District If They Want To Avoid LGBTQ+ Issues In Kindergarten

An Atlanta public elementary school principal told a Catholic couple that their child would need to leave the district to avoid learning about LGBTQ+ issues at the age of five. An Atlanta couple — who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of retribution — obtained a copy of their child’s incoming teacher’s Amazon classroom wish…Read More

Arkansas Legislature passes bill banning Planned Parenthood from public schools

Arkansas lawmakers have overwhelmingly passed a bill that would, if enacted, prohibit Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from providing resources to public schools. Known as the “Arkansas Student Protection Act,” the bill passed the state Senate on Monday in a vote of 27-5, having previously passed the state House of Representatives by a vote…Read More

Despite millions in Catholic residential schools reparations, critics seek to end church tax exemptions

Catholic entities had committed tens of millions of dollars in legal settlements for their involvement in the Canadian government’s historic residential schools campaign forcibly to assimilate indigenous people, even before the rediscovery of graves and cemeteries at the former schools made headlines, renewed the grief of affected communities, and possibly inspired several church burnings. There…Read More

Catholic Lawsuit Ties “Public School Monopoly” to “Bigoted” Blaine Amendment

The Wall Street Journal editorial board drew attention to a Catholic federal lawsuit targeting South Carolina’s Blaine Amendment, and made the case that the exclusion of private Catholic schools from education funding is part of a longstanding legacy of bigotry. “Blaine Amendments are a relic of 19th-century prejudice, and meant to deny public funding for…Read More

Poll: Large Majority of Americans Support School Choice

A RealClear Opinion Research poll found majorities of both Republican and Democrat voters support school choice. 74% of voters support school choice, including 83% of Republicans, 70% of Democrats, and 69% of independents, according to the poll, which was conducted in June. A majority (66%) of both Republican and Democrat poll respondents also supported giving…Read More