UPDATE: Pregnant teacher fired from Catholic school files lawsuit

Not surprising, really:  A former teacher fired for being pregnant filed a lawsuit in Butte federal court Thursday against Butte Central Catholic Schools. In the 12-page document, Shaela Evenson contends the district breached its contract with her and discriminated against her because she was pregnant and because she is female. The suit contends the district [Read More...]

Being Jewish at a Catholic high school

Here’s a perspective you don’t hear often, from writer Aaron Reiss in The Houston Press:  I’m sure it seems weird at this point that I chose to go to Catholic school. My grandmother on my dad’s side of the family was skeptical. I remember my dad and I picking her up from airport once while [Read More...]

Catholic schools become first in Canada to have a “transgender policy” on pronouns, uniforms, washrooms

It may be a first in the world, in fact. Details: Catholic schools in Vancouver have adopted a policy that could allow transgender students to use the pronouns, uniforms and washrooms that match their gender identity after a human rights complaint forced the local archdiocese to balance its religious teachings with the rights of transgender [Read More...]

Utah Catholic schools thriving

Hot on the heels of this report the other day about a Catholic school booming in Brooklyn, we have this story about a broader trend in Utah: Christa Aquilla wanted her kids to go to a school that taught religious values and had a sense of community. She and her husband moved to Utah from [Read More...]

Turnaround: saving a Brooklyn Catholic school—and tripling its enrollment

How’d he do that? From the In My Backyard Desk, via The New York Daily News: In the face of declining enrollment at Catholic schools throughout the city, Principal Kevin Coyne has built a thriving academy. When the devout Catholic and fan of Pope Francis took over a closing school in the Brooklyn Diocese roughly [Read More...]

This wouldn’t be a problem if they’d just let teachers marry. Oh. Wait…

Unreal:  A Queens middle-school teacher let a 14-year-old student drive his car, gave him cash and expensive gifts, and exchanged hundreds of texts behind his parent’s back. But, over the objections of the outraged parents and principal, the teacher can keep his job, an arbitrator has ruled. James Rampulla Jr., 44, who taught at Irwin [Read More...]

Pennsylvania boarding school graduates first class in effort to build “authentic Catholic culture”

From Catholic News Agency:  Gregory the Great Academy, a Catholic all-boys boarding school, has graduated its first class as part of its efforts to form young men in a life of virtue for the building up of a Catholic culture. “The spirit of the school is certainly characterized by joy,” Sean Fitzpatrick, the academy’s headmaster, [Read More...]

What we have come to: bulletproof blankets for kids to wear during school shootings

This is not a joke:  We’ve now had so many mass shootings that entrepreneurs see space in the market for a bulletproof blanket, made specifically to shield small children from gunfire. The Bodyguard Blanket, made by a company called ProTecht, is a bulletproof 5/16-inch pad, made from the same materials used by our military, except [Read More...]

Catholic school teacher is also a tattoo artist

From The New York Daily News: She’s good with chalk and ink. This Bensonhurst preschool instructor has managed to bridge the seemingly distant worlds of teaching and tattooing. Jeanine Susca, 29, a teacher at St. Athanasius Elementary School on Bay Parkway, also runs a tattoo shop with her husband on 13th Ave., inking clients on [Read More...]

UPDATE: Catholic school issues statement regarding picture of girl in a tux

Following up on this story from last week, Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep in San Francisco has posted the following statement online: We begin by formally apologizing to Jessica and her parents, Tony and Ana Urbina. We deeply regret the pain caused in the past few days. The information below is meant to provide our entire [Read More...]