WASHINGTON — A mixture of vouchers and tax credits are changing the educational landscape in the United States and filling seats in Catholic schools after years of steady decline.
Not only are Catholic schools seeing their enrollments stabilize or even increase, they are seeing the seats filled with a wide spectrum of socioeconomic, racial and even religious diversity.
It’s no secret that Catholic schools have long faced enrollment challenges. Enrollment dropped from 2.7 million in 1995-96 to 2.1 million in 2011-12. Current enrollment, according to the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), is 1,974,578. Contrast this with the 5.2 million students in 13,000 Catholic schools in...READ MORE