Reactions to the Closing on Jubilee Schools

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Reactions to the Closing on Jubilee Schools

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This week I present reactions to the announcement that the Jubilee Schools in Memphis will be closing in 2019 and will reopen as charters.  This is sad and disheartening news and I want to make sure to draw everyone’s attention to its significance.  To that end, I am presenting guest blog reactions to the news which suggest a path forward.  I also include a few articles and Catholic school news at the end of the newsletter due to the fact that this is my last “live” version of Catholic School Matters.  Next week, I’ll present my “Best Of The Spring” chock full of the most popular links from each issue.

I’ll draw your attention here to the guest blogs for those of you who don’t click through to the newsletter:

  • Bill Hughes of Seton Catholic schools (Milwaukee) penned the essay “The Next 200 Years: a Post Mortem of the Once Promising Jubilee Catholic Schools” in edchoice.
  • Christian Dallavis, the Senior Director of Leadership Programs at ACE (Notre Dame), contributed a blog on the impact of the closing of the Jubilee Schools and the fallacy of charter conversions taking the place of Catholic schools. It’s a powerful argument for Catholic schools.
  • RaeNell Houston, the first year superintendent of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Catholic schools, contributed this blog on her reaction to the closing of the Jubilee Schools and the lessons she drew from the decision as well as the impact on all of our schools.
  • Bernard Dumond, founder & CEO of Development Innovations 360, wrote a piece entitled “The Audacity of Indifference” which serves as a call to action for all Catholic schools.
  • Tom Kiely, the Director of the Institute for Catholic Leadership at Marquette University, wrote this blog reacting to the news of the closing of Jubilee Schools. In the piece, he recommends how schools should be confronting the challenges and draws attention to this summer’s Congress of Urban Catholic School networks scheduled for July in Milwaukee.
  • Joseph Hollowell, the president of Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, researched the conversion of Catholic schools to charter as part of his dissertation. He discusses the research and lessons that we can all learn from these decisions in Washington, DC, Florida, and Indiana in this blog post.
  • Stephanie Saroki de Garcia of Seton Partners penned “American Education Needs More Miracles” on the edexcellence/Gadfly blog.
  • Kathleen Porter-Magee of Partnership Schools (NYC) produced “To Spark a Catholic School Renaissance, We Need to Put Our Faith in Autonomous School Networks” in the edexcellence blog. Dr. Porter-Magee addresses the systemic problems in Catholic schools and makes suggestions for improvements.