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Education Project of Pope Francis Is Making Headlines
9/17/2014
Pope Francis’ education project, Scholas Occurrentes, has recently been making news with its platform of promoting peace and global communication in order to provide education for children, focusing especially on those with fewer resources.


Catholic Education Honor Roll Announced
9/15/2014
Today, The Cardinal Newman Society released the list of schools recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as 2014 Schools of Excellence. Since 2004 the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States.


TAC Alumnus: People Learn from People, Not SMART Boards
9/15/2014
“The error of education today is the emphasis on new-fangled technique and technology, and the de-emphasis on old-fashioned teaching,” states Sean Fitzpatrick, a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College, “people learn from people, not from SMART boards."


Common Core ‘Raises an Alarm’
9/11/2014
The Common Core “rightfully raises an alarm” when all its factors are considered, argued Dan Guernsey, director of The Cardinal Newman Society’s K-12 program, in a recent segment on Register Radio.


Santa Rosa Diocese: Teacher Contract Update Affirming Catholic Teaching Will Happen
9/11/2014
The Santa Rosa Diocese’s contract addendum by which teachers at Catholic schools will affirm their acceptance of Catholic teaching is reportedly still on track for implementation.“There is no intention not to do this [and] it will happen at some point."


Israeli Authorities Say Catholic Schools Should Become State Schools
9/10/2014
Amidst “highly precarious” financial situations and threats of closure for Catholic schools in Israel, Israeli authorities have said that Catholic schools should become “state schools.”


Catholic Classical Schools Quickly Growing in Demand
9/9/2014
Nationwide, classical schools, both diocesan and independent, are springing up and eliciting interest from other schools and groups.


Catholic Educators Should Form ‘Effective Disciples of the Lord’
9/8/2014
The primary job of Catholic educators is to form students for a personal encounter with God, says Sister Joan Roccasalvo, a member of the Congregation of St.Joseph.


Ontario Catholic Schools Defend Right to Teach Faith to Students
9/8/2014
Catholic school leaders in Ontario are defending their right to require students to take religious courses and have them participate in religious activities.


Fr. Schall Argues for Necessity of Classical Education
9/4/2014
A classical education is useful and relevant in today’s “battle of life,” argues Father James Schall, S.J.in a recent address given at Kolbe Academy/Trinity Prep, in Napa, Calif., in which he spoke of the importance and necessity of a classical education.


Soccer Match Proceeds to Fund Education Project Supported by Pope
9/3/2014
Proceeds from the Interreligious Match for Peace will go to Scholas Occurrentes, an educational entity launched by the Pope Francis. World Cup and international soccer stars gathered to play a charity match on September 1.


Notre Dame to Host ‘Gender and Culture’ Summer Program for High Schoolers
9/3/2014
The University of Notre Dame’s 2015 pre-college summer course schedule includes a program entitled “Gender and Culture in American Society.” The program description on the Notre Dame website makes no mention of Catholic teaching on the sexes.


Nation’s First Catholic High School for Special Needs Students Set to Open
9/2/2014
Efforts are underway to open a new Catholic high school, the first of its kind, for students with special needs.


Notre Dame Law Professors’ Book: Cities Need Catholic Schools
8/28/2014
Notre Dame law professors, Nicole Garnett and Margaret Brinig, recently published a book based on their studies of Catholic school closures in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.


Napa Earthquake Leaves Two Catholic Schools Damaged
8/27/2014
Kolbe Academy/Trinity Prep School and Kolbe Home School and Online Academy have sustained significant damage in the earthquake that struck just outside of Napa, Calif., early Sunday morning. The two institutions remain closed while cleanup efforts proceed.


Schools Making Catholic Identity a Priority with ‘Eternal Perspective’
8/26/2014
Faithful Catholic primary and secondary schools are applying themselves with success in four areas—witness to the Gospel, the domestic Church’s role, Catholic worldview, and eternal perspective—according to a National Catholic Register article.


Univ. St. Thomas in Houston Helps Fund Local Catholic Education
8/26/2014
A new program is underway at the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston to offer the dependents of full-time University employees reduced tuition at Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the University reported.


New Principal: Catholic Education is Mission of Church
8/25/2014
Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, Ill., which received special recognition for “Excellence in Catholic Identity” in the 2012 Catholic High School Honor Roll, is welcoming a new principal for the 2014-15 school year.


Catholic School Forced to Grant Exemption from Liturgies, Retreats
8/22/2014
After a series of exchanges between a Catholic-school parent and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District in Ontario, the Ontario Superior Court ruled in April that Notre Dame School in Brampton must exempt a student from taking part in compulsory liturgies and retreats.


Archbishop Carlson Asks Catholic Schools for Masses and Rosaries for Ferguson
8/21/2014
On Monday, August 18, Archbishop Robert Carlson issued a letter to the faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, focusing on the “turmoil and tragedy” in the Ferguson, Mo., community and its struggle “to find peace in the chaos.”


Pro-Life Culture at Christendom Bears Fruit at Pregnancy Center
8/19/2014
“Where the rubber hits the road.” These are the words used by Christendom College alumna Mary Brand (’98) to describe her local crisis pregnancy center, and others like it.


Culture Influences Student Performance, Says Author Russell Shaw
8/13/2014
Russell Shaw of OSV Newsweekly recently shared his take on the controversy surrounding the Common Core and the broader problem of the negative impact the culture has on student performance.


New Springfield Bishop: Catholic Schools Are Crucial in Transmitting Faith
8/13/2014
In an interview with MassLive, the new bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Mass., Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, shared his thoughts on a number of diocesan issues, including Catholic education.


Alumna Brings Christendom Grad School Education to Bear in Evangelization, Teaching
8/11/2014
Simone Rizkallah, an alumna of Christendom College’s graduate school, recently shared in an interview on the College's website how her Catholic education has impacted her work as a teacher and evangelizer.


Video Shows Seton Home Study Grads Excelling at Catholic Colleges in Newman Guide
8/6/2014
The video is accompanied on the program's website by a Cardinal Newman Society special report published earlier this year, sharing the joys and success stories of several Seton families.


U.S. Bishops Feature Benefits of Catholic Schools in New Video
8/6/2014
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently created a new video highlighting the benefits and necessity of Catholic schools as "communities of the New Evangelization and partners with parents in a child's education."


Theologian Responds to Catholic Teacher Firings with Ethical Advice
8/5/2014
E. Christian Brugger has responded to recent news and controversies with an analysis considering the question, “Should school teachers, faculty members or school administrators be terminated if they are found guilty of grave moral misconduct in their private lives?”


10 Facts Every Catholic Should Know About the Common Core
8/1/2014
As a part of The Cardinal Newman Society’s work to help Catholic families, educators and Church leaders better understand the Common Core State Standards, the Newman Society has released “10 Facts Every Catholic Should Know About the Common Core.”


Youth and Religious Educators Encounter God at Franciscan Univ. Conferences
7/29/2014
The summer conferences of Franciscan University of Steubenville continued this summer with two events held recently – one for teens and one for religious educators, the University reports.


Christendom Summer Program for High Schoolers a Success, Says College
7/28/2014
Tom McFadden, who runs ECSP and serves as vice president of enrollment for Christendom, described the program as a success and said that students "are blown away by the depth of knowledge that our professors have," according to the College


Students ‘Pursue the Truth’ at Thomas Aquinas College Summer Program
7/24/2014
Students hail from across the United States as well as Italy, Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Mexico for two weeks of "faith, fun, and friendship," according to the College


Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Legislative Repeal of Common Core
7/16/2014
A lawsuit accused the Oklahoma legislators of overreaching their constitutional authority, but the court ruled 8-1 in favor of the legislature.


Bishop Barber Reminds Teachers of Need to Set ‘Moral and Spiritual Example’
7/15/2014
Bishop Michael Barber of the Oakland Diocese recently sent a letter to teachers at Catholic schools focusing on the responsibility towards students through their "moral and spiritual example."


Catholic School Faces Legal Action from Former Teacher Planning Same-Sex Marriage
7/11/2014
A Catholic high school in Georgia is facing a legal complaint from a former teacher whose contract was not renewed after it was discovered through Facebook that "he plans to marry a man," National Public Radio reports.


Catholic Bishop Asks for Donations for Catholic Education in Lieu of Birthday Gifts
7/9/2014
Bishop Braxton has reportedly made Catholic education a priority since his arrival in Belleville and has reportedly initiated a "diocesan-wide effort to strengthen Catholic education."


Christendom Summer Program Is Getting Rave Reviews from Students
7/8/2014
"Incredible," "awesome," "eternal," "life-changing," and "adventurous" are some of the words high school students use to describe the Experience Christendom Summer Program at Christendom College.


Catholic Education Is Key to Renewing Family Life in Society
6/18/2014
Fr. C. John McCloskey places great emphasis on the importance of Catholic education in his recommended remedies to reverse the Culture of Death and promote family life.


Canadian Bishops Lament Catholic Teachers Group’s Intent to Join ‘LGBTQ Activism’ Parade
6/16/2014
“This decision shows that they and the OECTA [Ontario’s English Catholic Teachers Association] leadership have an inadequate and mistaken understanding of their faith,” wrote Cardinal Collins.


Rome Pilgrimage Deepens Faith of Catholic High School Graduates
6/13/2014
The 16 students who comprised the graduating class visited many sites in Rome, including the Sistine Chapel, but student Haylee McArthur reportedly said that seeing Pope Francis was the highlight of the trip.


Support Grows for Congressional Investigation into Common Core
6/10/2014
“The idea that the richest man in America can purchase and–working closely with the U.S. Department of Education–impose new and untested academic standards on the nation’s public schools is a national scandal.”


Columbus Diocese Affirms Teachers as ‘Ministers’ in Updated Contract
6/10/2014
The Diocese of Columbus in Ohio is striving to uphold Catholic identity in diocesan schools by revising teacher contracts to identity impermissible behavior that is not consistent with a teacher’s duties as a “minister.”


U.S. Bishops’ Common Core Document Focuses on Catholic Identity, Says Expert
6/5/2014
“The benefit of the Common Core controversy is that it has surfaced some of the threats of secularization in our schools,” writes Dr. Dan Guernsey.


Priest Explains Why Young People Are Drawn to Eucharistic Adoration
6/5/2014
Fr. Schneider laments that youth ministry programs often spend “thousands on pizza” or a “cool youth room,” but “so often deprive teens of” prayer events like Adoration. 


Milwaukee Archbishop Listecki Responds to Parents’ Petition Against Common Core
6/5/2014
Archbishop Jerome Listecki said the standards are a useful “reference” but that the schools maintain a “strong commitment to Catholic identity” in education, according to FoxNews.com.


Abortion Rights Party Line a Discouragement to Students, Say Canadian Catholic Educators
6/3/2014
The members of a Catholic school board in Ontario, Canada, are warning that Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau’s requirement that fellow party members support abortion rights may prevent students from interacting in public life.


Archdiocese Says Catholic Identity Important in New Contract for Teachers
6/2/2014
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati says that its new teachers contract is the result of a call for Catholic identity and that the protests surrounding news of the contract are overblown.


George Weigel Calls for Effort to Save Inner-City Catholic Schools
5/30/2014
Weigel, who serves as distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, describes inner-city Catholic schools as the “Church’s best anti-poverty and empowerment program.”


Oakland Bishop Affirms Teachers’ Duty as Role Models in New Contract
5/29/2014
Bishop Barber is working to uphold Catholic identity in diocesan schools by updating the annual teachers’ contract to articulate the “expectations required of those who desire to participate in this mission and ministry.”


Diocese of Greensburg, Catholic School File Suit over HHS Mandate
5/28/2014
Greensburg Bishop Lawrence Brandt reportedly called the HHS Mandate a “direct affront to our religious freedoms.”


Court Will Not Dismiss Lawsuit of Admin. Fired from Catholic School after Same-Sex Marriage
5/27/2014
A judge has ruled against a Catholic school’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former administrator who lost his job after his same-sex marriage became public.


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