Without vouchers, more inner-city Catholic schools will close, opines the Wall Street Journal.
Catholic schools produce results far better than their public counterparts for a fraction of the cost. On last year’s New York State reading and math tests, fourth and eighth graders in Catholic schools scored 7% to 10% higher than public-school students. The public per-pupil cost in New York is about $15,000 annually; Catholic school tuition is about $3,000.
Many of us had hoped that the school-choice movement would have spread further by now, allowing poor parents to use tax-funded vouchers at these excellent Catholic schools. It just hasn’t happened.
Urban Catholic schools are a proven ladder for social mobility, but they’re under great financial stress. Middle-class Catholics have moved to the suburbs; nuns, who take a vow of poverty, are in short supply as teachers.
Jenny D is running a thought experiment on school vouchers.