: News

Filed Under:

Catholic Schools In Baltimore Closing As Enrollment Drops

Play associated audio
Cardinal Gibbons in southwest Baltimore is one of 13 schools the Archdiocese plans to close due to rising costs and declining enrollments.
Cathy Duchamp
Cardinal Gibbons in southwest Baltimore is one of 13 schools the Archdiocese plans to close due to rising costs and declining enrollments.

By Cathy Duchamp

Catholic school managers in Baltimore will hold public meetings this week on a reorganization plan that calls for closing 13 schools run by the Archdiocese. Higher costs and falling enrollment get the blame. But many parents question the math behind the plan.

When you’re kid’s school closes, you want answers. And you want to vent.

"We’ve been lied to; we’ve been lied to by the Archdiocese," says Kevin Carson, the parent of a freshman at Cardinal Gibbons High School.

It’s on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s closure list. Carson is also Gibbons graduate, class of ’76, who showed up at a rally to save the school.

"We were told the entire year that enrollment was stabilized, that bills were being met and that the school would stay open," he says.

Carson believes politics got mixed into the finances of what schools to close.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese did not return calls for comment.

Catholic school leaders are expected to lay out their future vision in meetings this week. That could include a shift to specialized programs, like foreign language, science and technology. Some troubled Catholic schools in D.C. have been converted to charter schools, an option likely to be weighed in Baltimore as well.

NPR

With 'Formation,' Beyoncé Lights Up The Internet. Here's What People Are Saying

The singer's new music video quickly drew commentary of all kinds — on its references to being black in America, Hurricane Katrina and Black Lives Matter.
NPR

Calif. Restaurant Gives Diners — And Sea Lions — An Ocean View

The Marine Room is a restaurant right on the beach. When the tide is high, waves hit the windows, and bring in unexpected visitors.
NPR

In The Light Of The Morning After, How Bad Was Rubio's Repetition?

"I would pay for them to keep running that clip, because that's what I believe passionately," Rubio said of a much-aired video excerpt if him repeating a line at Saturday's debate.
NPR

Super Bowl 50 Tightens Cybersecurity

This year's Super Bowl will be held in the most technologically advanced stadium in the world. FBI special agent John Lightfoot talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the threat of cyber attacks.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.