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Archdiocese of New York to Close Two Dozen More Schools

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Archdiocese of New York announced Tuesday that it will close 24 more parochial schools at the end of this school year.

The Archdiocese says the closings, which come on top of 30 school closures in 2011, will be the final consolidation for the parochial school system. It will be left with about 220 Catholic schools after the closures take effect at the end of the school year.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the closures of 22 elementary schools will affect about 4,300 students, or about 9% of the elementary schools' enrollment. Two high schools with 424 students will also be closed.

"What makes this so frustrating is that these are not failing schools, not academically, not when you look at test scores, graduation rates, attendance," said Dr. Timothy McNiff, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese.

Dr. McNiff says the closures are painful for students and their families but are necessary to ensure the financial stability of the system for years to come.

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Sony from The Bronx

As a Catholic elementary school graduate I find it so disheartening that these schools are closing. When you examine the list of global, national and local figures who graduate from New York City's Catholic schools, you realize that these institutions are forces for good in some neighborhoods where students; Catholic, Christian or sometimes not, were given a safe, protected place to grow and flourish. While the underpinnings of why these schools are closing may be negative, the work these institutions do in face of the barrage of moral and academic challenges should shine a light as to why the Catholic school system is important and should remain supported and open. I think the school system's graduates should reflect and shoulder the burden of helping the remaining schools to STAY OPEN. Our education shouldn't be a relic of the past but a living embodiment of our gifts we have received to light the way for future Catholic school students. If not where will we produce the Sonia Sotomayors, Ray Kellys, Shawn Combs, Regis Philbins, Martin Scorseses, Mario Runco Jrs,Fernando Ferrers, Eileen Huntingtons,Debbi Morgans,Lynda Lopez,Ursula Burns, and Jordana Brewsters?Those names are the more famous but where will we produce the solid member of our global society who will urge us to do better, dream bigger and help our neighbor. We need Catholic schools and Catholic education. I hope those who care will fight to support them through their time, talent and at this critical moment their treasure.

Jan. 23 2013 07:18 AM

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