Classrooms at St. Matthews Catholic School in Topeka are sanitized and safely-distanced awaiting the return of students.
As the fall semester approaches, districts and principals are facing the unprecedented challenge of developing safe and effective plans for bringing students back to school. We sat down with the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Vince Cascone, to talk about the three-pronged plan our Archdiocese has created for Catholic schools, the team that's created it, and the benefits that come with the independence of Catholic schools.
The U.S. Supreme Court today affirmed that parents have the right to choose any private school—religiously affiliated or not—for their children in a school choice program. The court ruling centered around a tax credit scholarship program, the most popular type of school choice program. CEF operates a Tax Credit Scholarship program for at-risk, low-income students in Northeast Kansas, and this Supreme Court ruling protects its constitutionality. The CEF Tax Credit Scholarship program provides a 70% Kansas state tax credit for donations to our charity.
A statement from the National Catholic Educational Association.
Students at St. Patrick's Catholic School in Kansas City, Kansas gather for a reading lesson with Principal Tim Conrad in early March.
While many elementary schools are struggling through remote classroom instruction, Catholic schools in our Archdiocese are determined to keep rigorous education and faith development at the forefront of the 4th academic quarter.
“This is a chance for us to do two things,” said principal Tim Conrad of St. Patrick's Catholic School in Kansas City, Kansas. “One, become truly innovative. And two, to hone our communication skills.”
“We have a structured daily schedule including specials and religion each day,” said Conrad. “We’ve surveyed our students to monitor their progress, social-emotional well being and to learn from them on how to continue improving our delivery.”
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