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Baltimore Catholic schools: stronger, but still in need of help
It has been nearly three years since my predecessor, Cardinal Edwin O'Brien, and the Blue Ribbon Committee on Catholic Schools released the Strategic Plan for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Since that time, enrollment declines have been stemmed in many schools; innovative new programs such as our dual language and Montessori initiatives have kept our schools competitive; and systemic changes to the governance of our schools, renewed focus on school leadership — training of principals and development of local school boards, as well as system-wide accreditation — are ensuring Catholic schools remain an excellent value (average annual K-8 cost is approximately $5,000).
By William E. Lori
April 22, 2013