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Samuel Merritt University backs away from plans to share campus with Holy Names University

After a year of exploring the merits of a possible move to the campus of Holy Names University, the board of regents of Samuel Merritt University has decided to back away from the so-called shared campus project. Sharon C. Diaz, president and chief executive officer at SMU, said in a press release published Aug. 9 that while the shared campus project would have been “a new … [Read more...]

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New Catholic school opens on site of old St. Elizabeth campus in Oakland

Cristo Rey De La Salle opened Aug. 15 in the Fruitvale neighborhood, will exclusively serve low-income students

Where St. Elizabeth High School once stood for almost a century in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, a renovated school has arisen with a new spirit, a new mission and even a new name: Cristo Rey De La Salle. It’s a school where students are expected to earn their subsidized tuition by working one day a week at a local company that foots a good chunk of the bill. And it’s … [Read more...]

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Los Angeles archdiocese opening new STEM academy

Department of Catholic Schools says St. John Paul II STEM Academy at Bellarmine-Jefferson is slated to open for the 2019-2020 academic year at the site of the former Bellarmine-Jefferson High School Burbank

As the sun sets on Bellarmine-Jefferson High School after a 74-year run in Burbank, a new institution is rising to take its place, connecting with alumni and forging its own future. Kevin Baxter, superintendent of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, laid out a framework on Tuesday for the new school — called St. John Paul II STEM Academy at Bellarmine-Jefferson — … [Read more...]

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“The big decline is in the Catholic schools”

Report: Demographic shift of middle-class Catholics out of urban centers and sharp decrease in numbers of priests, nuns and religious orders main culprits in large drop in enrollmenT

The complexion of America’s private school sector has undergone massive changes over the past half-century, driven mostly by a decline in Catholic school enrollment, according to a major new report published in the journal Education Next. The authors find that middle-class families in particular have been leaning away from private schools for several decades. Written by … [Read more...]

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Will bill outlawing ‘sexual orientation change efforts’ also ban teaching the faith to kids?

Under California measure's broad and ill-defined terms, “any practice” could include Catholic catechism classes

Numerous commentators have raised concerns about a proposed bill currently in the California Senate, Assembly Bill 2943. The bill would amend the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act to prohibit “sexual orientation change efforts.” Most discussion of the bill has focused on its potential ban on Bible sales. It seems much more likely that the bill will make religious … [Read more...]

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Catholic schools and self-control

Study: "Students in Catholic schools exhibit more self-discipline than students in public schools and other private schools

It turns out that there’s a link between Catholic schools and self control. At least that’s what Michael Gottfried, Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Jacob Kirksey, a doctoral student at UCSB, found in a study for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Specifically, according to the Fordham Institute, they found that: 1.”Students in … [Read more...]

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Trustees of small Catholic university in Belmont approve cuts

Board of Notre Dame de Namur University approves cutting programs in musical performance, fine arts, graphic design and liberal arts because of budget woes caused by dwindling enrollment

Notre Dame de Namur University will cut several programs and eliminate five full-time faculty positions in an attempt to cut costs, the Catholic school announced Monday. The school, which serves about 1,600 students, will get rid of programs that have low student enrollment, including in musical performance, fine arts, graphic design and an evening liberal arts program. The … [Read more...]

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Classic curriculum to be offered at San Francisco Catholic school

Liberal education coming to Star of the Sea Elementary School in fall of 2019

By Gibbons J. Cooney California Catholic Daily exclusive In the fall of 2019, at the direction of the archdiocese, San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Elementary School will be returning to the basics of Western education and offering a liberal education to its K-8 students. In the May newsletter, Fr. Joseph Illo, Star’s pastor, wrote: “I’m excited to announce that our … [Read more...]

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Commencement season exposes huge divide in Catholic education

Several Catholic colleges have chosen to honor individuals who publicly oppose the Church’s moral teachings

The best and the worst of Catholic higher education are once again on public display, as America’s Catholic colleges announce their spring commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients. Several colleges—many of them recommended in The Newman Guide for their strong Catholic identity—have admirably chosen to honor Catholic leaders and faithful laypeople as commencement … [Read more...]

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Loyola Marymount University professor attacks pro-life pregnancy centers

Judy Battaglia, a communication studies professor, tells student newspaper: "These centers are not pro-women or pro-health, or even 'pro-life' ... but, poseurs who are pro-forced birth"

A professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles defended California’s law which mandates that pro-life crisis pregnancy center refer to abortion clinics, according to the student newspaper. But she did more than defend the law. Professor Judy Battaglia, a communication studies professor, insulted pro-lifers. “These centers are not pro-women or pro-health, or even … [Read more...]

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