Parents sacrifice, but Catholic schools still struggle

Aug 14, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Courier News

Edison resident Michelle Brett would rather put aside luxuries such as shopping every week to ensure she can afford a Catholic education for her children in economically trying times.

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Aug 16, 2010
 
I'm starting to send some of my kids to college after 13 years of Catholic schooling. I've discovered that tuition at state colleges is cheaper than some of the high school tuition. My son is starting high school this year. Last year I asked a college recruiter if we could skip high school and send him directly to college.

On the other hand my two college students have received massive amounts of scholarships.

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Long ago catholic schools should have been creating foundations, and helping people plan for long term giving. Too often catholic schools rely on bake sales and the like to raise funds. I would think that some of the larger dioceses could afford marketing and financial directors.

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I've served on school boards, annual fund drives and other volunteer work. My wife has been on a parish finance council. Most schools do have endowments of some type. There is a number of changing challenges to running a Catholic school. A long time ago Catholics had more kids in Catholic schools and the teachers were nuns. Now Catholics have fewer kids per family in school and the teachers are lay professionals. This results in a loss of tuition while expenses are increasing. Also Catholic schools accept a lot of students who do not pay full tuition. This, again increases the burden on those of us who pay the full rate. Also since there are an increased number of non-Catholic kids in schools, the parish that hosts the school does not receive donations from those parents in the church collection plate.

The last few years the economic crisis hit endowments hard in that interest and dividends from endowments have dropped to almost nothing. Plus a lot of parents have lost their jobs and so their kids are attending schools at a reduced tuition rate.

Some dioceses' do assist schools with cash, advice and bulk buying. Other dioceses almost entirely support schools in low income urban areas.

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