Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York goes to bat for Catholic schools in a wide-ranging article on the topic in today's Wall Street Journal. He extolls the virtues of the "Choice in Education" voucher program that is now helping 20,000 low-income families in Milwaukee choose private schools, saying that the 15-year-old program is applauded by "all sides" except the powerful teacher's lobby organization in Wisconsin.
The new Archbishop of New York, who will have to contend with keeping New York's 279 Catholic schools solvent and strong, called Catholic schools "scrappy" for their ability to beat the odds and do the undoable.
"And in a way that's part of the genius of our schools: We are not rolling in dough. We have to fight for every dime; it becomes a communal endeavor. There is a sense of pride and ownership among people because, darn it, we fought for this school, we love it, we scraped for it, we have mopped floors and painted classrooms, and we do not take this for granted."
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