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Catholic School Enrollment Way up in Florida Thanks to School Choice

This headline from the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami brought a smile to our faces.

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

MIAMI – “Thanks to Step Up [Florida’s universal school choice program],  archdiocesan schools are seeing enrollment increases and even waiting lists for the 2023-24 school year.

According to the 2022-23 statistics from the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, 200,000 students are currently enrolled in Florida scholarship programs that are income-based or based on special need, including around 41,500 in Catholic schools throughout the state. In the Archdiocese of Miami, the number is around 12,000, with 59 of the Catholic schools here participating in at least one of the programs.”

Why is this good news whether you are Catholic or not? Because a rule of thumb throughout the country is that children get a better education at half the cost in Catholic schools.

One of many reasons for that is better discipline inside the classroom. Take a look at this photo of the teachers and administrators from the Miami Diocese. Can you imagine misbehaving in a class run by this Nun? She’d rip your knuckles with a ruler til they were bloody.

Paying attention to speakers at the all-principals meeting held before the start of the 2023-24 school year, Aug. 4, 2023, at St. Brendan High School, from left: Lisette Reina-Naranjo of St. Michael the Archangel School, Miami; Bertha Moro of St. Patrick School, Miami Beach; and Carmelite Sister Rosalie Nagy of St. Theresa School, Coral Gables.

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