Can Catholic Schools Come Back From the Brink?

The forecast has been bleak for urban Catholic education over the last 50 years. Shifting demographics, changing societal conditions, and unsympathetic K-12 public policies have contributed to school closures, mostly in low-income inner-city neighborhoods. Enrollment has plunged to fewer than 2 million students from 5.6 million over the past five decades.

Can Catholic schools adapt and come back from the brink? Writing for Education Next, Bellwether’s Andy Smarick and Kelly Robson explore three innovations that are breathing new life into the sector and suggesting that a renaissance of Catholic K-12 education in America might be possible.

Check out their new article, “Innovation in Catholic Education: New approaches to instruction and governance may revitalize the sector.”

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