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The Carnage Continues: Catholic Schools Are Still Firing Gay Teachers

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

These annual firings are tragic, pointless, and inflict great harm. The discharged teachers, of course, are the most seriously injured, but so are all the people associated with the schools -- students, graduates, parents, and staff. The Catholic school system is diminished in the eyes of the public. And the church as a whole is made to suffer.

I Stand With Barb Webb

Laura De Palma | Posted 09.08.2014 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

As an alumna of Marian High School and advocate of social justice, I stand with Barb Webb. Barbara, a former chemistry teacher at Marian High School, was fired before the beginning of the semester for her "nontraditional pregnancy."

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Lesbian Teacher Fired After Getting Pregnant

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices

A lesbian teacher at a Catholic high school who was fired after telling her employer she is pregnant has found support from thousands of people, onlin...

Back to School in the '70s: Catholic School Revisited

Tom Cramer | Posted 08.29.2014 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Ms. Woods' eyes lit up -- she had her first victim. All I can say is that it takes longer than you'd expect to get the taste of soap out of your mouth.

13 Illinois Private Schools That Could Cost You an Arm and a Leg

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.01.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In 2013, Illinois public schools spent an average of $11,842 per student in total expenses ($7,000 if measured strictly for classroom expenses), according to the Illinois State Board of Education's State Report Card.

Catholic Education Ad Campaign in the Empire State Strikes Back

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 08.05.2014 | New York
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

With choice, parents can opt for a public school, parochial school, private school, or charter school. When it comes to something as vital as a child's education, parents need the freedom to choose.

Teachers In Catholic Schools Would Rather Quit Than Sign 'Morality Clause'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion

A revised teachers' contract in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has forced some teachers to leave their positions even after years of service. First-...

Catholic School Makes Teachers Sign Strict Contract About Their Private Lives

AP | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland is under fire for a new contract clause that requires teachers to conform to church tea...

The Culture War and the Self-Destruction of Catholic Schools

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Catholic schools were once places where such questions could be openly pursued. But a culture war is ravaging the Catholic primary and secondary school systems of the United States.

Entire Diocese Bans Catholic School Teachers For Being Gay Or Using I.V.F.

Civil Beat | Alia Wong | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion

HONOLULU -- The Hawaii Catholic schools office, which supervises three dozen Roman Catholic private schools in the state, has just approved a new cont...

Pregnant Montana Teacher Deserves to Keep Her Job

Mary DeTurris Poust | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Mary DeTurris Poust

What do you think happens the next time a single Catholic school teacher finds herself pregnant with no husband? Yeah, abortion might be the obvious choice if she thinks she might lose her job

Catholic Students Rally In Support Of Dismissed Gay School Official

Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

Students at a Catholic school in Washington state are rallying in support of their vice principal, who was reportedly dismissed after marrying his sam...

It's Time to Recognize The Value of Faith-Based Schools

John E. Coons | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
John E. Coons

America is losing a valuable national asset -- not because it has become obsolescent, not because the demand for it has disappeared, not because the need for it has been satisfied by other entities but because of a needlessly narrow view of which families should have the choice in education that is so dear to the middle class.

Catholic School Teacher Allegedly Fired After Coming Out As Gay

Posted 09.11.2013 | Gay Voices

A Minnesota-based teacher has allegedly become the second faculty member to part ways with her Catholic school employers after coming out as a lesbian...

Back-to-School Resolution: Let's Stop Firing Gays and Gay-Rights Supporters

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It seems as if Pope Francis has opened the door, ever so slightly, to a more open policy towards gays in the Catholic Church. If we see this as an effort to accommodate to the Church people with same-sex attractions, then we are entitled to ask Catholic institutions to take the next step.

The Day I Made A Nun Very Angry

Tom Cramer | Posted 10.24.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

In the summer of 1977, I moved to another suburb, and had to start seventh grade at a new school. I was 12 years old and well into the awkward years. Moving and starting at a new school is always tough, and being the new kid in seventh grade was especially challenging. At that age, the lines are already drawn, the cliques formed.

The Public in Public Education

Steven Conn | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

In the end, public schools serve an important function not just for the students sitting in the classrooms. They provide an education for all of us in the importance of public institutions.

Why Back-To-School Season Is So Painful For Me

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 10.05.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

"Back-to-School Specials!!!" scream the store placards. They are a reminder that now might be the time to get a discounted backpack for my younger daughter, but more potently, they nudge me back to my default: The bereaved mom aching for the child who will always be dead.

A Lifeline For Minorities, Catholic Schools Retrench

www.nytimes.com | Posted 06.22.2013 | Latino Voices

“I’m really upset,” Justice Sotomayor told a fourth-grade class. “It’s hard to say goodbye. I won’t tell you it’s easy. I won’t lie to...

A Prayer For Francis

Neil McCarthy | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Neil McCarthy

Yesterday, he asked us to pray for him. And I did. I offered up my own version of the prayer of his namesake, St. Francis.

Dwindling Catholic Schools See Future In Latino Students

Religion News Service | Aaron Schrank | Posted 03.01.2013 | Religion

LOS ANGELES (RNS) Martha Rodriguez always thought Catholic school was expensive and out of reach -- not a place for her kids. But when the time came t...

The Blizzard I Will Never Forget

Tom Cramer | Posted 04.16.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

I grew up in the Midwest, born in Chicago, raised on the Southwest Side. We have four seasons. That's true for a lot of people, from a lot of places. Any generation, from any region accustomed to cold and snow in winter, has their own legendary storms.

Catholic School Creates 'No-Swearing Pledge'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion

A New Jersey Catholic school is facing accusations of sexism after a teacher proposed that the girls take a pledge not to swear for the month of Febru...

PHOTOS: 10 Cheap Things To Do In Singapore

Sanjay Surana | Posted 02.01.2013 | Travel
Sanjay Surana

Budget travelers fear not. In a country where a brand new 2012 Toyota Camry costs $146,000, and million-dollar Ferraris and Lamborghinis are driven on the roads daily, there are plenty of alternatives that won't send your checking account into cardiac arrest.

Catholic Schools, Then And Now

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Decades ago Catholic schools moved children of immigrants up the social ladder through education. Today, they provide a different form of alternative education, giving parents at all economic levels a choice to send their children to a school that is right for that child.