In the past fifty years, the share of students enrolled in U.S. Catholic schools has declined from approximately 12% to 3%. In reaction, many urban Catholic schools have closed and subsequently reopened as public charter schools in order to receive governmental funding and to increase enrollment. As public schools, these Catholic-affiliated charter schools now face a complex set of legal and practical challenges. This article presents empirical research on Catholic-affiliated charter schools, and the legal issues facing them as well as the wider category of religiously-affiliated charter schools. The authors conclude by answering a number of questions that Catholic school leaders are likely to pose about this emerging trend in Catholic education.
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Carr, K. A., & Decker, J. (2015). Clarifying the Public-Private Line: Legal and Policy Guidance for Catholic-affiliated Charter Schools. Journal of Catholic Education, 18 (2). http://dx.doi.org/10.15365/joce.1802092015