Prominent Minnesota Catholic School Leader Says He is in a Gay Relationship, Resigns

Details:  The president of a prominent Minnesota Catholic high school resigned last week after he informed other school officials that he is in a same-sex relationship, according to a letter sent Tuesday to people connected to Totino-Grace High School. William Hudson‘s resignation from the Fridley school was effective last Friday. The letter detailing his exit came from the [Read More...]

As Catholic Schools Close, Minorities See a Lifeline Slipping Away

From the New York Times:  Sonia Sotomayor lives in Washington, but she has never forgotten her roots in the Bronx. On a drizzly March afternoon, she returned to Blessed Sacrament School, where she began her celebrated, if improbable, journey from her South Bronx childhood to the Supreme Court. But instead of a joyous reunion, it [Read More...]

Catholic League: “Reaction by Conservatives to Obama’s Speech in Ireland is Simply Insane”

The statement, which may surprise some people, from Bill Donohue: There are plenty of reasons to be critical of President Obama’s policies as they relate to the Catholic Church, and I have not been shy in stating them. But the reaction on the part of conservatives, many of whom are Catholic, over his speech in [Read More...]

UPDATE: Teacher Fired Because of Abusive Husband Offered New Job

An followup on a story I posted over the weekend:  A California Catholic school teacher fired for allegedly posing a safety risk because she was a victim of domestic violence has received a new job offer in a different city, KNSD-TV reported on Monday. Carie Charlesworth told the station that an anonymous school official at a [Read More...]

Catholic School Fires Domestic Violence Victim Over Concerns About Her Husband

Details:  A San Diego teacher was fired by Holy Trinity School following a domestic violence incident involving her ex-husband. Second-grade teacher Carie Charlesworth is out of a job, but not for anything she did in the classroom. Her school district considers her a liability and too unsafe to have around following a domestic violence dispute [Read More...]

Wow: Check Out How One School is Trying to Boost Enrollment

When in doubt, sing! And make it a number from “Les Mis”! This creative video was produced for the Trinity School in South Bend, Indiana.   Read this blog post to learn how it came together: We polled the student body to see if they had ideas about what we could do to represent life [Read More...]

What Are Kids Reading in School?

You might be surprised. From NPR:  “Last year, we had more than 8.6 million students from across the country who read a total of 283 million books,” says Eric Stickney, the educational research director for Renaissance Learning. Students participate in the Accelerated Reader program through their schools. When they read a book, they take a [Read More...]

Defying School Board, Student Rips Up Graduation Speech and Says the Lord’s Prayer Instead

It happened in South Carolina:  A high school valedictorian from South Carolina ripped up his approved speech on stage this past weekend, and minutes later, delivered the Lord’s Prayer in defiance of the school district’s decision to no longer include prayer at graduation ceremonies. Roy Costner IV drew loud applause and cheers when he surprised [Read More...]

Why Did a Catholic High School Valedictorian Turn Down Ivy League Scholarships?

This kid has his head screwed on straight. Details from the New York Daily News:  Sal Cocchiaro knows numbers. He just graduated as valedictorian of St. Francis Prep with a 100.7 average and won $480,000 worth of scholarships from seven Ivy League-caliber colleges. But this middle-class Bayside, Queens, kid chose a full four-year ride at [Read More...]

Ohio State President on Notre Dame: “You Can’t Trust Those Damn Catholics…”

I’m sure he meant it in jest. Details:  The president of Ohio State University said Notre Dame was never invited to join the Big Ten because the university’s priests are not good partners, joking that “those damn Catholics” can’t be trusted, according to a recording of a meeting he attended late last year. At the [Read More...]