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Anger and sadness over school closings (end of an era)
Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 10/10/2009 | JOHN BARNED-SMITH & VALERIA RUSS

Posted on 10/10/2009 11:39:10 AM PDT by Kid Shelleen

THE DAY after the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced plans to close two of the city's storied Catholic high schools - Northeast Catholic and Cardinal Dougherty - livid parents and crestfallen students protested the decision. Hundreds of students from Northeast Catholic, commonly called North Catholic, blew air horns and yelled outside the school last night in exuberant defiance of the archdiocesan decree to close the schools at the end of the school year.

(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: catholicschools; philadelphia; theend

1 posted on 10/10/2009 11:39:10 AM PDT by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen; Tribune7; TAdams8591; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; wireman; Mr. Binnacle; brityank; ...


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2 posted on 10/10/2009 11:45:59 AM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Keep your socialized health care off my body !!)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Don’t worry. They will build a new school in the image of comrade Barack.


3 posted on 10/10/2009 11:46:33 AM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: Soothesayer

Not this type of school. These schools cost a lot of money to keep operating. In the past, I would bet they had a waiting line to get in there and kids, most likely, had to take an entrance exam to get in. The inner city kids can’t afford these schools any longer and the church can’t afford to keep them open. Education isn’t free. You’ll likely see more of them closing down.


4 posted on 10/10/2009 11:55:59 AM PDT by RC2
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To: Kid Shelleen

A mosque soon to follow. Welkome to the new America “May allah BARAKA be praised”!


5 posted on 10/10/2009 12:10:31 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: crazydad

Hey, in NYC TAXPAYERS are FUNDING an Islamic school!

No kidding!

This is awful ... - closing of this school.


6 posted on 10/10/2009 12:18:11 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Kid Shelleen

From the Web site of the new $65,000,000 high school in Royersford: http://www.pjphs.org/node/118

“The tuition for an individual student attending Pope John Paul II High School in 2010-2011 will be one thousand dollars above the basic diocesan high school tuition.”


7 posted on 10/10/2009 12:18:30 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

The catholic church didn’t and has never provided anything past the eighth grade elementary school in Middle Bucks County outside the city. They cared even less about the ‘burbs than the city for decades before today.

Kids abandoned the catholic system and enrolled in public school when the oldest hit ninth grade and would’ve had to go to a not so good HS in lower Bucks. Then the rest of their siblings followed about one every two weeks. Takes awhile for big families.

The school in lower Bucks was Archbishop Wood, separate buildings for boys and girls and not in a great area.

The two famous graduates from that HS are Terry and Michael Schiavo.


8 posted on 10/10/2009 12:23:27 PM PDT by Eagles2003
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To: Kid Shelleen

Excerpt:

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“The Archdiocese said declining enrollments with students in “half-empty” buildings were the reasons Dougherty and North Catholic would be closed.”

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North Catholic, ...

capacity ~ 1,700 students, has 551 enrolled

Dougherty ... c

apacity ~ 2,000 students, has 642 enrolled

The people have spoken. Enrollment is DOWN.

So sad.


9 posted on 10/10/2009 12:23:57 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

ping


10 posted on 10/10/2009 12:28:38 PM PDT by Tribune7 (I am Joe Wilson!)
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To: RC2

The main reason that was reported for these schools closing is the success of the city’s charter schools, in which parents don’t have to pay — beyond their taxes — to have their children educated, and the kids are not subjected to the horrors of the district-run schools which is why a lot of non-Catholics enrolled at North Catholic and Dougherty.

The lesson to be taken is to eliminate the Philadelphia Public School System and make every school a charter school.


11 posted on 10/10/2009 12:32:41 PM PDT by Tribune7 (I am Joe Wilson!)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Sad, sad, sad.

The country was so much better when all Catholic kids could go to Catholic schools which their parents could afford.

Alas, those days are gone forever.


12 posted on 10/10/2009 12:35:09 PM PDT by Palladin (ACORN is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Kid Shelleen
A sign of the times unfortunately. Several years ago my alma mater, Bishop Neumann, was merged with Goretti. Like most inner city Catholic schools the enrollment is declining too fast to keep the schools open. North Catholic and Dougherty each had enrollments in the thousands 20 years ago, now they are lucky to get 600 - 1,000 combined.
13 posted on 10/10/2009 12:37:01 PM PDT by JrsyJack (There's a little Jim Thompson in all of us)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Nice new school. Too bad only the very rich can afford it.


14 posted on 10/10/2009 12:37:18 PM PDT by Palladin (ACORN is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Tribune7
They used to be two of the best schools for football/basketball recruiting.
Ohhhh sorry, that's right, they never recruited.
15 posted on 10/10/2009 1:00:19 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Impeach Obama)
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To: Eagles2003
All our children worked to pay for their own tuition at Catholic High School except for our youngest.When she got old enough we had the money to cover it..We had 6 children.The last one went to a private Catholic Academy in Lower Bucks.Shame to see the schools close down.Many memories for us.
16 posted on 10/10/2009 1:05:28 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima

Catholic school tuition was free when the kids I’m talking about eagerly left.

Transportation was a $$ problem, they finally got some state aid to help out with that.


17 posted on 10/10/2009 1:18:36 PM PDT by Eagles2003
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To: Eagles2003

Catholic school tuition in lower Bucks was free?Even when I went to Catholic High School in the city we had tuition.When my last kids were going it was up to over 2,000.00 a year.Yes the buses are expensive also.


18 posted on 10/10/2009 1:51:49 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima

I didn’t go to any catholic school, my mother did and kept me out of the catholic system.

I don’t think they started asking for tuition until the early ‘70s. They did expect parents to fill the “envelopes” on Sunday. Not sure it was a requirement. That would be backdoor tuition though.

He77, they couldn’t even provide Sunday School for about 3 years when I was a kid. I was in Central Bucks, we rarely ventured to Lower Bucks and didn’t even play football against even the public schools from down there when I was a kid.

The church did not GARA about the county. I can’t even tell you if there was a church between Doylestown and Bethlehem, and I sure don’t remember and football teams.

I know the people from Sell-Perk were assigned to Lansdale Catholic.


19 posted on 10/10/2009 2:35:03 PM PDT by Eagles2003
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To: Eagles2003
The church did not GARA about the county. I can’t even tell you if there was a church between Doylestown and Bethlehem, and I sure don’t remember and football teams.

Sounds like they didn't care about the church, either.

And how is blowing air horns outside the school supposed to do to pay for half-empty schools?

20 posted on 10/10/2009 3:36:46 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

I would imagine some of these kids are going to be in for a “culture shock” when they attend a public/charter school.


21 posted on 10/10/2009 3:56:36 PM PDT by acoulterfan
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To: Tribune7

We need a voucher system like Holland’s, I hate to say.


22 posted on 10/10/2009 4:01:36 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: Gondring

Probably have to revive that long-lost and forgotten term “WHITE FLIGHT”. Those who can leave have left and the rest are packing their bags. Philadelphia is totally third-world in the city. Very high murder rate.


23 posted on 10/10/2009 4:23:54 PM PDT by Huebolt (Democrat = (national socialist) = NAZI)
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To: Gondring

The people pulling the strings behind the catholic church were Italians. They didn’t care about their own and even less about southern Germanic people.

They stuck us with a priest previously from South Philly, an Italian neighborhood and they didn’t take care of them either. Priest had health issues and was not up to the job of starting a new parish.

My best friend married a girl from South Philly. His protestant reverend or whatever gave a nice sermon at the wedding.

The catholic priest from her parish at her wedding in South Philly spoke about how nice it was he would come down into the neighborhood and marry a local girl, insinuating he elevated this “trash” above the neighborhood. She was a great girl, he picked well. What kind of a**hole would say that in a sermon? I was there and remember it well. I was in the wedding party and couldn’t believe my ears.

I could tell tales for about two days about how bad the archdiocese of Philly was. I’m just scratching the surface.

At least we didn’t have pedophiles back then, before they started recruiting gay priests.


24 posted on 10/10/2009 4:29:14 PM PDT by Eagles2003
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To: FreedomPoster

Vouchers would work great!


25 posted on 10/10/2009 7:24:04 PM PDT by Tribune7 (I am Joe Wilson!)
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To: FreedomPoster

Vouchers would work great!


26 posted on 10/10/2009 7:24:05 PM PDT by Tribune7 (I am Joe Wilson!)
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