For most parents, one of their greatest desires is for their children to receive a quality education. Such an education, which can begin as early as preschool and continue through college and graduate school, is the foundation for young people not only to become productive and knowledgeable members of society but to also achieve economic security and success. In fact, statistics have shown that individuals with a bachelor’s degree earn a significantly higher income than individuals with only a high school diploma.
- Renewing our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millenium, (Copyright 2005, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Inc.)
- National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) website
- The California Association of Private School Organizations (CAPSO) has information of interest to California's private school parents, students and teachers.
- Information about Catholic colleges in the United States is available from the National Catholic College Admission Assocation. The site contains information for prospective students, parents and high school counselors.
We advocate – as a matter of justice – for the high quality education of every child. We affirm each parent’s right, and the responsibility, to direct their childrens' education. We support an exceptional K-12 teaching force serving all California's students. We believe educational reforms are best realized closest to actual learning experiences.
A high quality preschool education has been shown to result in many strong long-term benefits for both the child and society as a whole. Such benefits include improved student achievement and reduced involvement in juvenile crime.
While there may not be an established formula for what constitutes a high quality preschool education, the National Institute for Early Education Research finds that certain elements are critical:
Numerous studies have long recognized the many benefits of early childhood education. These studies have shown that, over the long term, high quality preschool improves student achievement and attendance, increases high school graduation rates, and reduces involvement in juvenile crime. In fact, research reveals that a high quality preschool program can substantially save taxpayers from incurring costs for remedial education or criminal incarceration. Some economists estimate that for every dollar invested in early childhood education, there is a return of $16 in such benefits.
Superintendents of California’s Catholic schools have issued a statement on how they intend to adjust the Common Core School Standards (CCSS) to the unique goals and mission of Catholic education.
“Common Core” is an effort to improve competence in education developed by a broad coalition of educators and partners. The effort traces its roots to state educators trying to standardize learning outcomes across the United States. Before the CCSS - now adopted by 45 states, including California - education standards were literally all over the map.
Saturdays at any bowling alley are a cacophony of talking, laughing and slow thunder as bowling balls roll down the lanes. But on this Saturday there seems to be extra joy in the air as Camp ReCreation sponsors Holy Bowling – one of its most popular activities for its handicapped and developmentally disabled clients.
Camp ReCreation is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 by Father Patrick Leslie and Sister Anne Lucey and is open to people ages 10 to 65+.
The ruling by a Los Angeles judge this week that teacher tenure as practiced in California is unconstitutional marks the opening round in a complicated legal journey that will take years to settle. It’s also a proxy fight for much deeper education questions around the United States.
Six major tax policy bills were heard on May 13, 2014 in the Assembly Revenue & Taxation Committee proposing innovative ways to support education by offering tax relief and other incentives that can empower parents (as well as teachers) to care for their own school children's learning needs, inspire greater charitable contributions to expand local resources in K-12 education, and encourage greater savings for kindergarten through college.
Joy radiated through St. Raphael School in the San Francisco Archdiocese this week, as it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its successful pre-school. The anniversary reflected a growing pattern in Catholic education in California, the expansion of learning opportunities for children prior to kindergarten, generally termed early childhood education.
More than 1.8 million California school students were truant from their schools in 2011-2012 - nearly 30 percent of all public school students. Eighty three thousand elementary school students in the state risk academic failure by being chronically truant, missing more than 10 percent of the school year.
It’s a situation that has lawmakers pondering how to lower that rate.
In 2010, California changed the date when five-year-olds became eligible for kindergarten. In the process the state also essentially expanded kindergarten to a two-year program. Variously known as universal pre-school or transitional kindergarten, the extra voluntary year focuses on the alphabet, numbers, colors and other basic skills needed for kindergarten, which is now far more academic than in decades past.
SB 837, co-authored by a slew of Democratic State Senators, would provide funding and set standards to significantly expand the program in California.