Building 21st Century Catholic Learning Communities: Enhancing the Catholic Mission With Data, Blended Learning, and Other Best Practices From Top Charter Schools



Released July 2012. Catholic K-12 education in the United States is in crisis--with rapidly declining enrollment, untenable financial models, and new competition from public charter schools. The 2012-2013 school year will be the first in which more American children will be enrolled in charter schools than Catholic schools. This milestone presents an opportunity for Catholic schools to innovate and renew their mission by learning from high-performing charter schools. This report, written by Lexington Institute Visiting Fellow Sean Kennedy, discusses the progress of several, innovative Catholic education models from around the country that are already implementing many of these practices with impressive success.

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