A report published in April 2004 by Sister Dale McDonald for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) indicates that during the 2003-04 school year, 123 Catholic schools nationwide were "consolidated or closed." In February, the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago announced plans to close 23 elementary schools. Dozens more are slated to close in other cities. That story leads page 1 of the April 2005 issue of School Reform News.
The April interview is with J.C. Huizenga, founder and chairman of National Heritage Academies (NHA), a for-profit educational management company based in Grand Rapids. NHA serves nearly 27,000 students in Indiana, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, and Ohio. The company's aim is to create 200 of the highest quality schools in the country.
Also in this issue: Bush budget for FY06 includes choice, private schools are closing the achievement gap, high school students apathetic, unknowledgeable about first amendment, latest California test scores bring good news for English learners, school violence is under-reported, new computer technology increases school security, an effective "second chance" school, Hawaii withholding funds from charters, and judge orders sharply higher spending or NYC public schools.
The Friedman Report school choice roundup and profile of Marcela Garcini, a mother, fighter, and leader in the school choice movement.
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