The Archdiocese of Washington has developed new policies which spell out what it means to be a Catholic school.
For example, there's a section on catholic identity which requires students attend mass, that all meals be blessed and a crucifix hung in every classroom. It also lists how often parents should receive report cards, details requirements to teach in a Catholic school and codifies circumstances under which a school would be eligible for a loan.
All parishes will also have to a pay an increased percentage of their collection to support tuition assistance scholarships and those funds will be distributed to all schools. Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Washington educate 30,000 students in nearly 100 schools.
Kavitha Cardoza reports...