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Support both public &
private education now
For the third time this year, we’re reporting the closure of Catholic schools
in Queens — and those shutdowns should concern everyone.
Over the weekend, the Diocese of Brooklyn announced that Our Lady
of the Angelus Academy in Rego Park and Our Lady of Lourdes Academy
in Queens Village would be closing their doors at the end of June. Th is
announcement comes months aft er St. Pancras School in Glendale said it
would shut down, and Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy — which operates
two campuses in Douglaston and Bayside — would be consolidating into one.
Th ese closures continue to happen as the Diocese of Brooklyn and each
Catholic school community have worked hard to stay alive. Th e diocese has
closed or consolidated dozens since 2005, and instituted a system-wide reorganization
that shift ed power away from the clergy and toward lay people
committed to supporting Catholic education.
We’re not saying that the Diocese’s “Preserving the Faith” initiative, as the
reorganization is called, has been for naught. However, it is clear that it is
Th e drop in enrollment and rising defi cits that forced these schools to close
makes it quite evident that parents are leaving Catholic education because
they simply can’t aff ord it in a city and state where the cost of living constantly
For years, the Diocese and Catholic education supporters have argued for
New York state to adopt a tuition tax credit program to help both the schools
and parents. Supporters of public education staunchly oppose it; they argue
that public schools aren’t funded enough (which is certainly true), and there’s
the question of whether the existence of such credits violate the separation of
church and state (a valid point, but one in which we won’t get into this editorial).
On face value alone, private schools of any or no denomination play just as
important a role as public schools — and both systems should be funded suffi
cient to the educational needs of New York state’s children.
If private schools continue to wither on the vine from a lack of resources,
they will slowly vanish — and those students will be sent to public schools.
Parents would lose their right to choose their child’s school. More public
schools will need to be built; more teachers will need to be hired; more
resources will be required; and the taxpayers will be responsible for it all.
Meanwhile, Catholic and other private schools already have the infrastructure,
educators and resources in place. Th ey just need extra funding, however,
to continue to serve students and upgrade facilities. Tax credits for parents
who send their children to private schools would stop the bleeding now
and fulfi ll their needs for years to come.
Th e state should do more to support both public and private education.
Both can be done; both should be done.