Competition for Students Squeezes Parochial Schools
The nation’s Roman Catholic schools have labored for decades
under increasingly adverse economic and demographic conditions,
which have undermined their finances and sapped their enrollment.
Today, researchers and supporters say those schools face one of
their most complex challenges yet: the continued growth of
Since they first opened two decades ago, charter schools have emerged as competitors to Catholic schools for reasons connected to school systems’ missions, their academic models, and the populations they serve.