Saving America's Urban Catholic Schools

Marisa Goldstein

Stephanie Saroki and Christopher Levenick
Philanthropy Roundtable
December 2009

It is no secret that big-city Catholic schools face a crisis of human capital and shifting demographics. In this short, useful book, the Philanthropy Roundtable provides donors (and others) with guidance on how to safeguard the future of Catholic schools in today’s adverse climate. Particularly noteworthy are its Ten Great Ideas in Need of Funding, which divide neatly into recommendations to parishioners and reforms for policymakers.The authors’ ideas for improving Catholic schools are strikingly similar to the Obama administration’s education platform for public schools, including the creation of incentive prizes, performance management tools, and the use of technology to aid productivity. Even though it is structured as a guide for donors, the report contains important recommendations for policymakers, Catholic school administrators, and laity alike. Read it here.

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