Who Will Save America’s Catholic Schools?
A threatened legacy
“In 2011, the Philadelphia Archdiocese shuttered 20 percent of its schools,” notes Kennedy. “Then newly installed Archbishop Charles Chaput was asked to approve the closure of four more high schools the following year. He said no. He cast about for better solutions. The Philadelphia Archdiocese devolved control of its 17 remaining high schools to a new independent foundation, Faith in the Future, led by Catholics committed to sustaining Catholic education. The group has instituted governance, finance and academic reforms. The collective deficit of the high schools has been slashed from $6 million to $500,000 in one year. Enrollment is up."