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#1 Mar 4, 2008
I feel for you all. Roger Mahony (some call him Cardinal) wants to close our school, Daniel Murphy High School, Los Angeles, the end of this 2008 school year.
#2 Mar 4, 2008
It is so sad, it's incredible how things have changed with enrollment since I was in Catholic grade school and high school and I'm only 29! What is even sadder is it seems like little is being done to change this downward trend.
#3 Mar 4, 2008
When I was in High School, tuition was $1000, now it's over $4000. With taxes being what they are to fund public school, and then having to pay extra for private school tuition, I can understand why the enrollment is dropping. As enrollment drops, that only means that you have to increase tuition for the few enrollees. I don't think little is being done, what is being done is pretty much the only course of action, at least until you can divert your tax payments from the public school to the school of your choice. By combining schools, you increase the enrollment. Although I doubt it will decrease tuition too much, since now you have to factor in bus costs. Living in a town that faced this problem, we were lucky enough to have kept our school, although the next town over wasn't (they now have to come to our school). But at least they still have a school system with religious values fairly close. As the cost of education rocketing, who knows how much longer our combined 2 town school will last, will it become a county wide school next?
#4 Mar 5, 2008
Absolutely the tuition is a huge piece of it, what I find upsetting is it seems that the schools don't do nearly enough to promote themselves and a Catholic education. I know personally what wonderful things are happening in the schools but it seems like it's rarely heard. I was always taught not to "toot my own horn" but I think the schools need to begin "tooting" a lot more because not only is it their existence they are fighting for, but they have a heck of a lot of great things to "toot" about!
As for the tuition, families who send their children to private schools save taxpayers tons of money because those children aren't using public school resources. I remember the grade schools used to have signs outside with actual figures about how much they are saving, I'm curious why they are no longer there? I know every child has a right to an education, but if a parent choses to send their child to a private school (for whatever reason) they should be exempt from paying the school taxes that in many areas are funding failing schools, after all their children have no benefit. This has been talked about as long as I can remember but something has to be done about it. We (those who support private schools) need to begin demanding this of our representatives and not simply giving in.
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