Sector switchers: Why Catholic schools convert to charters and what happens next

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  • As enrollment dwindles, some Catholic schools are converting to charters--what does this mean for #school choice?

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  • .@AndrewPKelly & @MQ_McShane examine Catholic schools converting to charters

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  • When Catholic schools convert to charters, enrollment goes up, @AndrewPKelly & @MQ_McShane find

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For decades, Catholic schools, particularly inner-city Catholic schools, have seen declines in enrollment and an increasing need for subsidies from their dioceses. Many dioceses, however, have been unable to shoulder that burden, forcing schools to close. In response to difficult financial circumstances, the archdioceses of Indianapolis, Miami, and Washington, D.C., put a new twist on the typical story, “closing” a set of their inner-city schools, but allowing them to reopen as independently managed public charter schools.

That phenomenon raises interesting questions about the future of urban Catholic schooling. In this paper, we examine, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the effect of this conversion on the schools and communities involved.

Sector switchers: Why Catholic Schools convert to charters and what happens next by American Enterprise Institute

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