DC: Catholic Archdiocese Converts 7 Parochial Schools Into Public Charter Schools

According to The Washington Post, The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has decided to convert seven of its parochial elementary schools into public charter schools.

The schools selected for conversion are:

Assumption and Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian in Southeast, Holy Name and St. Francis de Sales in Northeast, and Immaculate Conception, Nativity Catholic Academy and St. Gabriel in Northwest.

Four others will remain within the Archdiocese and become part of a resource-sharing consortium:

Sacred Heart in Northwest, St. Anthony in Northeast, and St. Francis Xavier and St. Thomas More in Southwest.

St Augustine’s Parish School raised enough money from donors and was removed from the conversion list:

St. Augustine in Northwest had been slated to convert to charter, but parishioners and other African American Catholics reached out to donors and came up with a plan to operate as a parish-supported school, which [Archbishop Donald] Wuerl approved.

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