They become charter schools, with the same staff, the same philosophy, and the same books. Different uniforms, and no prayers. but really very much the same as before. This is good for the children who would be thrown to the wolved in dangerous inner city schools.
How sad that Catholic schools are closing when they are needed most to stem the tide of secularism.
"The seven Catholic-turned-charter schools in Washington are at the cusp of what is becoming a popular exit strategy for urban parochial schools nationwide facing plummeting enrollment and untenable operating costs. In New York, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unveiled a plan last month to transform four Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens into charters, which are publicly financed but independently operated. In San Antonio, a major charter school operator is lobbying the archdiocese to consider charters if it is forced to close schools."
Read the entire story in the New York Times.