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Protesters Oppose Catholic School Teacher Contracts Identifying Unacceptable Behavior
4/24/2014
More than 100 protesters gathered outside the headquarters of the Cincinnati Archdiocese earlier this week to deliver a petition protesting the new contract Catholic school teachers are being asked to sign.


FOX News Features Common Core in Catholic Schools Debate, Newman Society Interviewed
4/16/2014
“Beauty, truth, and knowledge” are lost when Catholic schools adopt the Common Core, Bob Laird told FOX News correspondent Peter Doocy.


Charlotte Bishop Calls for Charity amidst Catholic High School Controversy over Talk
4/16/2014
Bishop Jugis said that there is “no room in the Catholic Church for such displays of uncharitableness and disrespect” following a Catholic high school meeting with parents about a lecture given by a religious sister.


Dioceses Revise Contracts, Expect Teachers to Uphold Catholic Teaching
4/8/2014
Dioceses in Hawaii and Ohio have already made changes to their teacher contracts. Some expect similar changes around the country. And some are protesting.


New Online Guide Helps Parents Understand Key Issues, Concerns on Common Core
4/7/2014
“Based on the fundamental Catholic principle of subsidiarity, the Newman Society recognized the need for parents to have a role in the education of their children,” said Bob Laird.


Cardinal Newman Society Weighs-In on National Common Core Debate
4/2/2014
“We need to start with the basis of our Catholic faith and then build our curriculum around that... The mission of the Common Core is dramatically different than the mission of Catholic education,” said Bob Laird.


‘Embrace the Mission’: Bishop Ricken Seeks Authenticity in Catholic Education
4/2/2014
“Catholic colleges make the greatest contributions to other colleges and universities and to society when they are thoroughly Catholic,” Bishop Ricken said.


Hawaii Catholic Schools Teacher Contract Prohibits Conduct Contrary to Church Teaching
3/31/2014
The “Standard Teacher Employment Agreement” reportedly must be signed each year and includes abortion, in vitro-fertilization, unmarried cohabitation, homosexual activity, and same-sex unions as fire-able offenses.


Georgia Catholic Non-Profits Not Subject to HHS Mandate, Judge Says
3/28/2014
In his decision, U.S. District Judge William Duffey reportedly ruled that the Obama administration is not permitted to enforce the mandate as it would violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.


Exciting High School Summer Programs at Newman Guide Colleges
3/27/2014
High school students will get a chance to taste a bit of college life—and see what living the faith in college is all about.


Three New Catholic Schools Set to Open Modeled on Chesterton Academy
3/27/2014
Chesterton Academy describes itself as working to nurture both the minds and the souls of its students through an integrated education.


Mount St. Mary’s University Develops High School Student-Athletes this Summer
3/27/2014
Athletic camps for men’s and women’s soccer and basketball, and men’s lacrosse and baseball are planned.  Many of the camps are run by the Mount’s Division I coaching staff.


Ave Maria University Announces High School Summer Conference
3/27/2014
Rising freshmen to graduating seniors in high school are invited to spend a weekend at Ave Maria University in Florida for the “Made for Another” youth conference.


High Schoolers to Encounter Christ at University of Mary Summer Program
3/27/2014
The University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., is hosting a Cor Christi (Heart of Christ) Institute for high school students to have a “living encounter with the foundational teachings and practices of the Catholic faith.”


Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit Continuing Tour of Catholic Colleges, High Schools
3/26/2014
This semester, the Vatican International “Eucharistic Miracles of the World” exhibit will make a circuit around the continental United States, courtesy of The Cardinal Newman Society.


Wide Array of High School Summer Programs Offered by Univ. of St. Thomas (Houston)
3/25/2014
The academic programs include “Business Boot Camp,” “Critical Thinking and Logic,” “Life and Genome Summer Camp,” “Summer Institute of Mathematics,” and “Virtue,Character and Community.”


John Paul the Great Catholic Univ. Offers Free Acting Workshop for High Schoolers
3/25/2014
The workshop is designed for those who are interested in the University’s undergraduate degree in Communications Media,with a focus in acting.


Twenty High School Steubenville Conferences Held Across Country this Summer
3/24/2014
Since 1975, Steubenville Conferences have served “to evangelize by inviting people to encounter Christ in a deeper, more intimate relationship with the Eucharist and sacrament of reconciliation.”


DeSales University Offers Athletic, Performing Arts High School Summer Programs
3/24/2014
DeSales University in Center Valley, Penn., is offering a variety of day and overnight athletic camps and performing arts institutes in addition to two programs for area high school students this summer.


Lenten Prayer Campaign for Catholic Colleges and Schools
3/20/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society is inviting members and other Catholics to join in a Lenten Prayer Campaign by adopting a particular Catholic school or college to pray for in the days leading up to Easter.


Cincinnati Archdiocese Identifies Unacceptable Behavior in Revised Teacher Contracts
3/20/2014
"There aren't any new expectations of our teachers in the 2014-2015 contract... The revised wording is just more explicit, in that it lists examples of behaviors that are unacceptable as contrary to Church teaching.”


Summer Programs Offer Taste of College Life, Engineering at Catholic Univ. of America
3/20/2014
“Engineering New Frontiers” is a weeklong camp, the “High School Drama Institute” is a two-week program and “Experiences in Architecture” is a three-week workshop.


High Schoolers Meet Friends, Grow in Faith at Benedictine College Summer Programs
3/19/2014
Students can choose from a weekend-long youth conference or one of three week-long “Cathedral”(CATHolic EDucation RALly) programs, including Great Books, Youth for Life, and Voice. 


Teacher Fired After Gay Marriage Sues Catholic High School
3/18/2014
Ken Bencomo’s lawyer, Patrick McGarrigle, said that Bencomo was told by a school administrator that he was losing his job because his same-sex marriage was “in public and violated the Church’s teaching.”


High Schoolers Can Study ‘Latin in Rome,’ Exciting Programs with U. Dallas this Summer
3/18/2014
The University of Dallas in Irving, Tex., is offering three academic programs for high school students this summer, including “Shakespeare in Italy,” “Latin in Rome,” and “Arete: An Introduction to the Classics.”


Catholic High School Opposes Quebec Mandate Prohibiting Catholic Perspective in Class
3/14/2014
Loyola principal Paul Donovan reportedly said that under the rules a Catholic teacher is not allowed to answer a student’s question "about a Catholic perspective during the course."


Canadian Student Complains Catholic School Board Denying Right to Form ‘Gay Straight Alliance’
3/13/2014
The student filed his complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, stating that the Mississauga Catholic School Board is violating Bill 13 of the Accepting Schools Act.


Study, Play, Hike, and Pray at Thomas More College High School Summer Program
3/13/2014
"What lessons does the past offer us today? Using original texts and first-hand experience, The Thomas More College Great Books Program marks a full immersion into Catholic History."


Liberal Arts, Great Outdoors Await High School Students at Wyoming Catholic this Summer
3/12/2014
Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo., is offering two summer programs for rising high school juniors and seniors.


‘Experience Christendom College’ Summer High School Program
3/12/2014
Described as a “unique educational, cultural, spiritual, and amazingly fun experience,” Christendom College’s summer program for rising high school seniors is open for registration.


College of Saint Mary Magdalen Announces High School Summer Program Dates
3/12/2014
Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to spend two weeks at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., this summer.


Teacher’s Union Unsettled with Common Core Implementation, Rejects Gates Funding
3/11/2014
A teacher’s union is citing the poor implementation of the Common Core State Standards as a reason to reject further funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for its Innovation Fund.


Thomas Aquinas College Accepting Applications for High School Summer Program
3/11/2014
In addition to discussing some of the great books, students will also be provided with recreational and spiritual opportunities—and a taste of what it’s like at Thomas Aquinas College.


Catholic School Recommits to Leading Boston St. Patrick’s Parade
3/10/2014
A Catholic school outside Boston, Mass., which had pulled out of a St. Patrick’s Day parade after organizers announced that a gay advocacy group would march, is now back in the parade after the invitation to the group was rescinded.


Catholic School Vice Principal Fired for Same-Sex Marriage Plans Lawsuit
3/7/2014
The School had stated that Mark Zmuda had signed an employment agreement to act in accordance with the values and teachings of the Catholic Church. By legally marrying his same-sex partner, he broke that agreement, according to the School.


Common Core Partnership Reveals Growing Impact on Curricula
3/7/2014
Common Core curriculum giant Pearson has announced a partnership with Bill Gates’ Microsoft, providing more evidence that the Gates-funded Common Core State Standards are being used to dictate school curricula.


Catholic School Will Not March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade with Group that Supports Same-Sex Marriage
3/4/2014
The Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Harvard, Massachusetts, announced that its band will not march in the parade nor will it provide a float.


First Amendment Freedoms Threatened by IRS Proposal, Say Newman Society, Religious Groups
2/28/2014
The proposal would “create very serious constitutional burdens on the First Amendment rights of freedom of religion and speech” of Catholic schools, colleges and other religious nonprofits.


Evangelization Begins in the Home: Exclusive Interview with Seton Home Study
2/27/2014
“Families are attracted to us in the first place because of our Catholic curriculum and Catholic textbooks,” the director of Seton, Dr. Mary Kay Clark, said.


CBS Features Extraordinary Volunteer Work of Catholic Teacher
2/26/2014
Students at the Catholic school thought they knew Jim O'Connor but they realized they didn’t know him at all when a student went to the hospital to discuss an upcoming blood drive and learned a lot about his teacher.


Irish Archbishop: 3 Ways Catholic Schools Can Respond to Challenge of the Gospel
2/21/2014
Archbishop Eamon Martin asked,“to what extent do we, in our Catholic schools, facilitate young people in grasping the truths of faith, growing in love of God and neighbor, and in becoming witnesses for Christ?”


Nation’s Largest Teachers Union Assails ‘Botched’ Common Core Implementation
2/20/2014
National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel wrote that there has been “poor commitment” to the correct implementation of the Common Core State Standards in the states.


Catholic School Learns Coach Works for Planned Parenthood, Will Not Renew Contract
2/20/2014
“Certainly being employed by Planned Parenthood, an organization that by its nature violates Catholic moral teaching by providing abortions, is not being a good role model to the children attending Catholic schools.”


10 Critically Important Adaptations Catholic Schools Should Make to Common Core, Says Education Expert
2/18/2014
Catholic schools should “not alter [their] literature selections based on the standards” nor add more “informational texts” to their reading list, Guernsey argues.


Pope Francis: Catholic Education ‘One of Most Important Challenges for Church’
2/14/2014
“Catholic educational institutions offer to all an approach to education that has as its aim the full development of the person, which responds to the right of every person to access to knowledge.”


Group Counters Ten Myths about Faith-Based Schools
2/14/2014
A new report was released by the American Center for School Choice, whose mission, according to its website, is to “expand public support for families to choose the schools they believe will best serve their children.”


Catholic School Atmosphere Reflects ‘Holy Family,’ Says Catholic Academic
2/13/2014
“Evangelization does not stop with religious instruction or liturgy, but affects what is taught and the way it is taught, no matter the subject.” 


Irish Catholic Schools May Teach Other Faiths in New Program
2/10/2014
A new plan in the works for Catholic schools in Ireland could have students studying other religions in addition to Catholicism, according to an article by Independent.ie.


Alumnus Praises Impact of Catholic School, Laments Closure
2/10/2014
In a letter to the editor at CantonRep.com, a Catholic school graduate praised the “thorough instruction in the faith” that he received from St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Canton, Ohio, which he said helped to give him a foundation for life.


Vatican Educator Says Education, New Evangelization are ‘Indissoluble Twosome’
2/6/2014
Father Duval acknowledges that the contemporary culture does not know “what educating means, what are the contents of education, what are the types of relationships that form with the educators.”


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