Catholic Schools In Baltimore Closing As Enrollment Drops | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: 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.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 17

Art is what you make of it. You can chew, crunch and dance at a bacon-inspired festival or see how a local artist transformed old objects into responsive sculptures.

NPR

Edible Packaging? Retailers Not Quite Ready To Ditch The Wrapper

To reduce waste, some enterprising companies are trying to roll out products that make the package part of the snack — edible packaging. But selling it to the retail market is trickier than it seems.
NPR

House Could Vote On $500 Million To Arm, Train Syrian Rebels

The possible vote to authorize the Obama administration's plan to arm and train moderate fighters comes as the president meets with military officials at U.S. Central Command.
NPR

When The Power's Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep The Lights On

With the price of solar panels falling, more municipalities and homeowners are installing them. But having solar panels doesn't mean you won't lose power in a blackout — at least not yet.

Leave a Comment

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