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Sustaining Urban Catholic Elementary Schools: An Examination of Governance Models and Funding Strategies

Nearly half of Catholic elementary schools have closed in the United States since their peak in the 1960s. This alarming rate appears to be the result of increased cost of running a school. These challenges are compounded in the urban centers where families are unable to pay increasing tuition costs and parishes lack adequate resources to support a school. Sustaining Urban Catholic Elementary Schools examines the governance models and funding strategies currently in use by urban Catholic elementary schools. The Catholic Alumni Partnership, a development program designed and implemented by Changing Our World, is featured in section 3.5.