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Catholic schools rebounded by vouchers

June 29, 2012

By Guest Opinion,

Catholic Schools are seeing a turnaround across the nation and also in Oregon (see article Salem Catholic school triples.). Belwo is an article from the Wall Street Journal on the impact that vouchers have on rising enrollment in Catholic schools.

“For the first time in decades, Catholic education is showing signs of life. Driven by expanding voucher programs, outreach to Hispanic Catholics and donations by business leaders, Catholic schools in several major cities are swinging back from closures and declining enrollment.Chicago Catholic elementary schools saw enrollment increase 3% this year and 1% last year—the first two-year growth spurt since 1965…But lately, Catholic schools have slowed their overall rate of decline. This year, two million children attended Catholic schools, down 1.7% from last, but less than the average yearly decline of 2.5% over the past decade.”

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