Archdiocese Adds 20 School Days For Catholic Elementary Schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles is adding 20 days to the academic year at its 210 elementary schools.

Cardinal Roger Mahony told a press conference Thursday that the three-county archdiocese is moving to a 200-day school year because of a clear relationship between substantive time in an academic setting and increased student performance.

The archdiocese says its school system is the first in California — public or private — to add 20 days. The federal mandate is 180 days.

Kevin Baxter, superintendent of the elementary schools, says the goal is to have as many campuses as possible adopt the new calendar for the 2011-2012 school year. He notes the move will result in slightly higher teacher salaries and tuition costs.

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  • mhk

    Slightly higher salaries? That seems to imply a raise? They’ll be working an additional month…so getting paid for the extra time working. Hourly, the wage is the same!

    • JJF

      More is not always better. It’s challenging enough that even in Catholic school we have a longer day than most public schools and that we have to personally subsidize things lacking in school like adequate physical education time, theater, music, and other programs which eats into after school time and contributes to the “over scheduled” 21st century child. Now, kids will also lose enough downtime in summer with little chance to explore nature, other cultures, heck – even summer school if they so choose to focus on a specific interest like science or dance, whatever to enhance “the total child.” That summer is precious time for many families to reconnect and bond. The extra 20 days has been mandated across the board without any direction on how those 20 days will “enhance” education to be competitive with int’l markets. If 20 days means another book report, another chapter in a social studies book, or other extensions of what is already being taught, I say no thanks and how does that make kids more competitive with other countries? For those in lower income areas and/or working parents who welcome this, totally get it from a cost and a convenience perspective but it should be optional, not required for all and there should be a responsibility to outline exactly what will be taught in those 20 days that increases educational opportunities? Again, more is not better without any sort of direction. This is not a cookie cutter decision that families should be expected to just accept. As the Archdioses directs that parents are the ‘primary teachers” of their children and that family time is so important, how can they justify taking those 20 days away from the already busy lives of parents and children that are juggling so much to make time as a family? This should be optional not required.

      • M.F. Beck

        Archdiocese of Los Angeles,
        Primary educators? Isn’t this what you state parents are in your Mission Statement and Philosophy? Then why not actually live it and take into consideration that parents, too, have some strong ideas pertaining to education that does not necessarily mandate a desk, a pen or pencil, and a structured school setting. There are many, many ways to educate, so let the real “Primary Educators” take the lead during the already too short summer months and broaden their childrens’ educational experiences in ways schools could never hope to duplicate.
        Catholic schools have always been leaders in education … adding more time will not add to the already good education of the students. The theme of Catholic Schools Week says it all, “A+ For American Catholic Schools!”
        Let’s all work to keep it that way; don’t leave Catholic education, speak up and speak out.

      • patricia

        Well said JJF. Now with all the negative response is there a plan of action from the parents and families? We as parents can band together and voice our concern and respectfully disagree. I have started calling parents to find out just how many disagree.

  • Teri George

    I will be pulling my child out of Catholic school. This was a horrible decision

  • Paul

    20 MORE DAYS ! I remember when I was going to school. We had over 3 months off. Now we barely have time to vacation in the summer. I have 9 weekends with my oldest daughter which goes to a Catholic high school. That along with a busy work schedule, just does not help in spending quality time with the family. Now my youngest who this rule applies, will suffer, since these schools do not have A/C.

  • Patty

    Higher Tuition??? I can barely afford the schools much less vacations. All my money goes to tuition and other stuff the school asks for. I like the longer school year idea, but more money. I don’t trust public schools with my kids, so for my it’s not an option. I guess we will have to cut back on other stuff.

  • luis valdez

    I don’t understand people sometimes! People complain about how our students fail, but are not willing to take the steps needed to make our children succeed, which includes increasing the number of school days. I support this idea. These twenty days will allow teachers to review the needed information so we can compete against the rest of the world. Funny how we claim that we are the “best” in the world, however we rank in the 30’s for math and science. Are we truly the best when we whine and cry over adding an extra 20 days of school? Come on people, let’s get a grip and understand that there is a NEED for increasing school days in order to cover the needed material for our children to succeed in the competitive world.

    • lets Call a Spade a Spade

      Oh, that got placed further down
      I fully agree with you luis!

    • lets Call a Spade a Spade

      I fully agree!!!!!!

    • Concerned Parent

      Are schools really going to use the extra 20 days to go over information needed. First of all depending on the class, have your kids ever finished all their textbooks in a school year. And with 20 extra days are they going to finish all their books…I do not think so. So are they suppose to learn more or just slower??? All I know is that it is going to cost an extra 10%

    • J S

      Really??? These 20 days will do nothing but burn out our children. Quality over quantity applies here. Teach more effectively. Let each individual school speak for itself. As far as I know, we live in a democratic society and this decision was made FOR us by the people whose salaries we pay. There are more parents outraged by this presumptuous and ill thought out plan than they know.

      • :~)

        It is still a democracy just not in a “Private” school duh!……send your child to a public school…Its much easier there!

      • GPD

        I whole heartedly agree! We were not even asked what we, the parents thought, and WE are the ones paying for their education. I got an application for a distinguished public school this morning for my 2nd grader to attend next year. It saddens me to have to pull out my child from this Catholic school in Long Beach that my children have attended for 9 years.

    • Rottweiler

      My child is excelling academically. Why should she suffer because you can’t take accountability for your own child’s non-success? My child has enough days in an academically accelerated program. I would like people like you to leave decisions regarding her vacation and childhood up to me, a responsible parent. The archdiocese needs to red tag those schools who do not have a high success rate and make them pay extra tuition and spend extra days for these students only. Why don’t we try that?

    • A E

      Well thats’s what summer school is for, the children that actually get the material should not have to suffer with the slower ones!

  • Unhappy

    Many at our school in Long Beach are upset about this decision. No one believes in letting the kids have a break, and letting the family spend quality time together. My kids are already already asking “When does summer vacation start? I’m seriously thinking of putting them in one of the better public schools in my area.

    • LB Mom

      My child is also at an LB Catholic school. I have already visited the website of a nearby, high-ranking, public school.

      • LB Mom

        What I meant by that was to see what they offered as far as science, music and art programs, also the hours of the school and of course the API data.
        Obviously I would, as I hope any parent would, actually make visits before any final decision would be made.

      • HA

        Visited the website of a school, huh? Making that extensive research for the future of your child right? Visiting a website will make your child’s life such a better event, not the extra TWENTY days of school!? LOL!

  • Not a bad idea afterall!

    Burn our children out? Really??? If kids were burnt out, they sure seem burn out when they are tagging or riding their skateboards so casually down the street. Summer school is not even an option any more for schools, due to lack of funds. So these kids will simply spend 20 days in school….Kids are pampered now in days. As an adult, do you get 3 months off, NOPE! You work all year long…our children need to know what work is really like. You want to spend quality time? Turn off the TV from the hours of 3-10 p.m.! No one voted for 180 days either, so how was that decided democratically? If your kids are asking when summer vacation begins, that just tells you how much they actually care for their knowledge and how much they look forward to watching re-runs of Jerry Springer and Maury Povich. How about we see what the results are before we judge.

    • FormerTeacher

      As a former Catholic School teacher, I can tell you a fact: the kids are burned out by June 1. They still have an additional three weeks after that. It’s always been a challenge to keep them interested and motivated at that time of year. Children get burned out in different ways than adults. They have trouble focusing, have anxious energy, etc.

      Also, the school I worked at only had AC in a few of the rooms and September was unbearable. It’s very difficult for students to focus when they are sweltering!

      But more importantly, children learn in many different ways, and not all of those ways are in the classroom! They need to play, explore, and be outside. I truly do not believe we are going to get healthier children from lopping off most of their summer. As valuable as school is, there is a more to LIFE than being in a classroom.

    • "Product-of-Catholic-School-and-Makes-my-own-Decisions

      If your kid is tagging, then you need more help than Catholic school my friend. Kids working all year long? We are talking about 5-13 year olds…hardly pampered. You sound bitter and angry. Making them work all year just might succeed in raising more of you!

      • patricia

        here here

    • Concerned Parent

      Apparently you do not have any kids and if you do I feel sorry for them. Because it sounds to me that you would rather keep them in school then to spend time with them. A child will only be a child for a short time so let kids get that extra time off school and spend free time during summer. After all once they hit the workplace, fun time is gone.

  • Bryan

    This has little to do with enhancing the education of our youth. The decision is strictly motivated by the financial gain of the Archdioceses.

    • lets Call a Spade a Spade

      I am paying $2,900 on my childs Catholic education. Debatably (not a very good debate) a better education with more structure and dicipline then any public school system. Including the ones in the “best school districts”. When a public education cost us (me included) $9,000 per child a year……So if you want to talk about “strictly motivated by the financial gain” lets start there!

      • cathollicmom

        Well Said!

    • concerned Parent

      I concur.

    • RV

      How is there financial gain when teachers are getting higher salaries?

      • Concerned Parent

        Just like any company, you pay the salaries and still keep the profit that is left.

      • mah

        They are not getting higher salaries in the form of a raise, they are getting paid to work an extra month! Duh! The hourly wage will stay the same!

      • Bryan

        RV- A portion of the schools revenue is funneled back to the Archdiocese. If the school year is extended by 20 days it warrants a tuition increase. A portion of the net revenue from the extended school year will make its way into the hand of the dioceses.

    • Renee

      your comments are grossly wrong. I wish you actually knew what you were talking about. None of our school money goes into the archdioceses pocket. Our schools tuitions are not even cost based. We have no profits, money goes back into school program, trying to give our kids MORE than the public school system. And for those of you crying about Quality Time, be real, most of us working parents have 2-3 weeks vacation, and most of us have to split them from our spouses, so that the summer care is taken care of. Quality time should be all year long, not just the summer. I know my children are often bored the last few weeks of summer, and itching to go back with all their friiends the new school year.

  • CAN

    We Catholic school teachers aren’t happy with this decision either. Although I am currently at the high school level this will soon impact us as well. The Archdiocese unilaterally made a decision without informing anyone this was being considered. This will have a negative outcome on many families who can barely afford tuition as it is. It mandates teachers work another month that they were unaware of as well. Day care problems occur for those with younger children, and for teachers themselves who have to work an additional month. Let’s look at the first graduating class under this new mandate. The school year will end around June 22. Summer school for remediation or to get ahead begins generally the following Monday so there is only a weekend “break.” Summer school continues through the end of July so that leaves roughly 3 weeks of “vacation” before school begins in mid to late August. Year round school would be a better option with balanced breaks throughout the year to avoid burnout. Yes, kids face too much pressure. just today a parent asked “wasn’t there something else my daughter could have done to get an A?” The pressure kids get isn’t just from school but, also, from parents high expectations. The answer to whatever “problem” the Archdiocese feels exists, is not in adding more days to the school year but in making better use of the time already in place.

    • mah

      I agree!! Talk about blindsided! We were liiterally left speechless at this announcement. The Catholic Church has traditionally been so pro union, but does not offer its teachers any such recourse, or representation. This decision was made by people who are not even in the classroom. But to disagree publicly will get you fired! Or at least that’s the threat. And so what if we quit after years with the archdiocese, there are tons of out-of-work teachers looking for job! And where would we go? Adding an additional 20 days to already high performing schools will not really do anything. Let low performing schools adopt this schedule if they see fit, but why is iit being mandated without any feedback from parents and teachers first,. Why was it kept such a big secret from the people it will affect the most? Something does not ring true about the rationale they are giving!

    • Margaret

      I am a starting a petition drive, urging the Archdiocese to reconsider this decision. Please circulate my email among other teachers and families. I will be sending out a link to an online petition. Let’s rein in this stupidity.

  • Bitter

    Once again a top down, unilateral decision dictated from on high. In addition to the 20 days, the Catholic school year now starts before Labor Day in line with public schools, so there goes the easier and cheaper vacation dates around Labor Day when the public kids are in school. Also, how many more half-days are the Catholic schools going to have for “teacher enhancement days.” I bet the 20 days are negated by all of the the half days which just make it more difficult for parents to find daycare or babysitters for the half days.

  • Reality

    Let’s be honest and think about what our children do in summer—if going to school in a nuturing, enriching environment is negative- what is sitting in front of a tv or computer or playing video games? Frankly as a working parent, I think this is an ideal situation. I expect the teachers to use this time wisely and continue to teach my children. As for a salary increase—of course the teachers should be compensated —I would not work 20 more days a year for free.

  • Calm down people!

    How much does a daycare facility charge for a month of taking care of your child? I am sure that it is more expensive than a month of tuition. Everything will be ok people! It’s only 20 extra days of school…not an extra 60. Do the math, with 200 days of school, that means kids will have another 165 days of picking their noses and scratching their rears!

    • LB Mom

      What about the families who do not need and therefore do not pay for daycare? While I agree, for those families with their kids in daycare it won’t be much of a financial issue, but for me – I don’t pay for daycare during the summer so this is an added strain in an already difficult time.

    • Concerned Parent

      What about the kids, it is one thing as adults working 40+ hours a week to put food on the table. But as a kid, they need to have that free time away from school to do other things then stringent academics. I don’t know about your kids school, by mine is giving at the least two hours of homework a night as well as the weekends. So add another 20 days to that… they are just going to stress out and possibly burn out on school…I am contemplating other alternatives for school.

    • mah

      Who says everyone is paying for daycare? As shocking as it may sound, there are some families that have a parent home to watch the children. And why is it that I should allow someone else to decide how I should spend my time and money with my children? And yes, it’s true, I can pull my kids from Catholic School, and likely will.

    • "Product-of-Catholic-School-and-Makes-my-own-Decisions

      Have you even considered that a month of daycare is a tax deductible option for you, but the tuition is NOT? So that’s even more money out of your pockets. Not to mention those of us who do not need those services! A month of tuition times my three children at a 10% raise = approx $1500. If you were paying for daycare at even $1600 for a month, that is a minimum of $320 credit you are losing for that month. Now there are many other factors involved to determine eligibility but bottom line is DAYCARE WOULD HAVE BEEN CHEAPER FOR MOST PEOPLE!!

    • eec

      Obviously not someone affected by this.

  • Brenda Jauregui Hernandez

    So what if they add 20 days, most parents say that it is hard for them to find someone to take care of their children and especially for older children and that they do not want them just sitting at home doing nothing. We pay for an education because we want our children to get an education with a religious foundation. I think that it is more the adults than the children who are worried about “summer vacation.”

    • concerned Parent

      So make the 20 days optional and a separate fee. I think that is what they call summer school. Some parents would rather not burn out their kids on school. I pay for a religious education for my kids also, but I do not want them to burn out on school.

    • eec

      Again, someone probably not affected by this.

      • Margaret

        so right about that.

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  • SJR

    I think it is a great decision. Though there will be an increase in tuition, it is to cover the costs associated with having the school open for the extra days. Teacher’s will be working, and electricity and water will be used. I was a catholic school student from elementary school all the way through high school and I must admit that was my parents best investment, fueling my decision to do the same. The education you receive at a private school is far better and more advanced than what is offered in a public school setting. An extra 20 days will not harm them, rather it will put them 20 days ahead of other kids a year. How well a child does in school is not just a reflection of their teachers, but also a reflection of how much a parent is a willing to input as well.

  • Concerned Parent

    I feel that this is the Archdiocese’s way of masking 20 days of child care as days of school. Also way to create a 10% raise in revenue. Do the math 10% raise times 220 schools. We all know that most of the money does stay in the school. Some of the income goes to the Church and from the Church goes to the Archdiocese

    • Concerned about people's math

      Have you thought that the 10% will cover teacher and supple costs?

      • Concerned Parent

        Of course the 10% will more than cover salaries, as for my school, my kids have to bring there own supplies. About 5% will go back to the salaries of the school the other 5% will be distributed between the parish church and back to the archdiocese. Apparently someone else has a problem with the math

      • Unhappy

        I have to pay $350 a year for my child’s supplies, that’s in addition to the over $3,700 in tuition!

  • Not Fair

    Why is the assumption that kids don’t do anything during Summer or weekends? This statement simply does not apply to many families! What about sports? Science Fair? Summer Camps (which I might like to point out that they can be educational)? School for a second language on Saturdays? Putting students in an environment like this is absolutely not necessary and if there are struggling students, then put them in summer school or create a remedial program or hire a tutor. There is enough work being given in some of the more competitive Catholic schools out there and adding more work will simply make people burn out from the workload. I do not agree in the slightest with this decision, especially when they did not give parents a chance to consider other private schools (most private schools closed their applications already).

  • Too Late for Changes

    I totally agree! It is the unfairness of the timing that is ridiculous. Jam it down our throats, make sure we have no time to make other decisions and that is the Archdiocese policy! Where were the public forums? We are stuck with the decision of a few people affecting 51,000 that fair? Let us have at least a year to make other arrangements, but even that is not an option. As for the increased it not a way to pay for the lawsuits of past years? We should have known better from previous experience.

  • Mrs. M

    As former Catholic school teacher, I am all for this decision. Let’s all be realistic. Although some of the kids do have a lot of extra curricular activities outside of school hours, others do not. (But that is besides the point right now) Sports are very important because they allow students to be physically active and make the children more well rounded individuals. The same goes for clubs, music, etc. Everything extra is beneficial to the students. With that said, the majority of the students will benefit from having twenty extra school days. As a teacher, I tried to use every single little minute of my class to teach the students as much as a I possibly could. However, when we measure the understanding of our students through standardized testing and compare their results to other students in the county, our students in California are really behind. Many parents send their students to Catholic schools because of the rigor and dicipline they provide. Which makes me question why they have such a hard time understanding that more class time is more beneficial.

    I knew many of my students who would be enrolled in Summer school, daycare, have babysitters, or be in day programs. Don’t all of these cost money as well? Isn’t it a better idea to use the money and time and bring more knowledge to the students?

    Our students are behind and they need to put in the time. Schools across the world have 6 day weeks with only a few weeks off during the year and we want to compete with these populations and not put in the time? Its absurd.

    As for teachers am making more money. All that will happen is that teachers will work one more month and be paid one more month. If the Archdiocese wanted to make money off of this, they would cut teachers, raise the number of students in each classroom and not pay the teachers for their extra work month, cut aides, other school employees, not use lights, water, paper, etc. and just keep the kids in a dark room. Ok, I know this will never happen. But come on people. This is a good thing! More school hours means more knowledge!

    • mah

      Your defense of the additional 20 days is ridiculous and does not apply to MANY families! Because some families pay for babysitters, ALL families should have to buy into this 20 extra days? When did the schools become a less expensive day care option?

    • Current Catholic School Teacher

      And the reason you are a “former” Catholic school teacher?

      This is not the kind of decision the Dept of Catholic Schools should make with little time for parents to explore other options – or teachers for that matter who may decide they don’t want to work an additional month for whatever reason (family, vacation, “burn out”, etc). This is an attempt to capatalize on the fact that public schools are cutting days with the hopes of increasing enrollment from families who don’t like the shorter school year. So, what will that mean? Possible larger class sizes which does no one good. Our school brought in two portable classrooms this year already and we are still busting at the seams with no more room and no additional teachers, just additional students.

      Let’s fix the “problem” within our time frame now before we add days to the school year and still have the same “problems.” Fix what is considered broken before creating a bigger mess as is currently being done. Do away with half-days and non-instructional assemblies, events, etc. Why do so many elementary schools end at 12 on Friday every week? Faculty meetings don’t need to take place that frequently.

      There are many other options than secretly plotting against the teachers, parents and teachers of our Catholic elementary schools.

      • SFX parent

        Amen!! I agree, fix what we have don’t add more problems. It’s not fair and I’m very upset!

  • LB Mom

    The majority of Friday’s at my child’s school are only half days – why not make them full days if they are so concerned about academics???

    • Concerned Parent

      That makes absolute sense. In fact we are talking about increasing days of schools, but how many hours will they actually be in school?

      • jv

        Agreed. If there is a concern on the amount of time spent educating, could we start w/ the number of half-days?

    • sc

      This will definitely burn these kids out. I’m glad my daughter will be out of Catholic high school by then. If we are so far behind in our education, do you think it wise to hire more qualified teachers? It seems that our curriculum is based on getting through it as best they can with no time left over for innovation and fun. Times are changing and we don’t care about the dioramas of an Indian village or the 8 page reports on your family history.Why do they have so much homework? If you excite them in class they will learn and retain information. If this is going to happen, for the extra cost you better have a great educational plan because the public schools are hitting the target right now. Kids used to have so much fun, playing in the streets, riding bikes, watching stupid cartoons, etc., unless you are under 9 you won’t be doing this anymore. You will be doing homework, in some organized, money sucking, time consuming sport and learning to be anti-social. Please don’t take away anymore of their “life” time.

  • lets Call a Spade a Spade

    We should be ashamed of ourselves! Dont worry our shame will shine through brightly soon enough, when our children can not compete in the economic function with the rest of the world. Other countries have all ready counted America out as even a contender in the economic future due to our sub par education. BUILD BETTER SCHOOLS OR BUILD MORE JAILS its a choice. So stop buying more then you need, drive your car tell its unrepairable and Vacations = camping. Invest in your children not your image. Pay now or pay later people.

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  • Margaret

    As a parent and former teacher I find this decision beyond disturbing.

    The total education and formation of children should include free time, especially outside. We used to know this but now our kids are institutionalized at a very tender age and they are scheduled to the hilt. And we wonder why all they want to do in their free time is zone out in front of a video screen. Those kids who rebel against this are a “problem”, generally diagnosed as ADD/ADHD. and put on drugs. What’s wrong with our culture is not going to be fixed by more time in school. It will make it worse.

    Mahony needs a refresher course in Aristotelian logic. Correlation does not equal causation. Simply because other countries have higher test and IQ scores as well as longer school years does not mean the latter caused the former. Could other factors be in play here? Intact families? Less computer, TV, cell phone time?
    Something else to note: Most of these countries are not predominantly Catholic. The educational traditions of Western Civilization are founded on the Catholic principle that parents are the primary educators of their children. More time away from them is contrary to this teaching.

    Catholic or public, schools in this country spent fewer days in school and had shorter days than they do today with less homework. Ask anyone who went to school before 1950. America has led the world for 200 years in invention and innovation. It has produced the greatest advances in nearly every discipline. We didn’t do that by decreasing children’s free time.

    Children are not computers with inexhaustible memory. More school hours does not equal more acquisition of knowledge and anyone peddling that notion is utterly insensible to the ontological process of children. THEY DO BURN OUT.

    Ask yourself the question: If man by nature desires to know, why do most kids hate school?

    Catholicism has been the foundation of Western education for hundreds of years. It’s done a damn good job. Forsaking 2000 years of that tradition for the Dewey theory of education which was designed to undermine the influence of the home is a travesty. That it should come from Mahony is, sadly, no surprise. This parting gift of his is in keeping with his past blatant disregard for the protection of children.

    I will investigate other options for our children if this isn’t stopped but I’m not going without a fight. I am spearheading a petition campaign to have this reversed. If interested please contact me at

    I have high expectations that our incoming bishop will not look favorably on this decision by his predecessor. There is hope.

  • Ramona Mcmillan Nanni

    I am so furious at this decision! I am a widow & cherish the time I have with my 10yr old daughter. I went to Catholic school as a child & had great memories. Catholic school is a nightmare now. With all the money they hit us up for during the year plus the $4300yr tuition for fourth grade, you think they’d have the courtesy to ask us our opinion. They are acting like dictators. Our children are only little for such a short time. My daughters all I have left & I want to enjoy those lazy days of summer with her like I did as a kid. She is a straight A student anyway. I enjoy taking her to europe to experience & learn new things. Its important that she grows in many different ways. I have a trip already booked to Rome to see the. Vatican for May 21st. Now what am I suppose to do? Guess I’ll forget Italy & visit other private Christian schools who will appreciate my Money & opinion!!! I’m tired of people telling us what to do. Last time I checked we were a Free Country, guess the archdiocese doesn’t care. Sooooo Sad!! :-(

  • Ramona Mcmillan Nanni

    I am so furious at this decision! I am a widow & cherish the time I have with my 10yr old daughter. I went to Catholic school as a child & had great memories. Catholic school is a nightmare now. With all the money they hit us up for during the year plus the $4300yr tuition for fourth grade, you think they’d have the courtesy to ask us our opinion. They are acting like dictators. Our children are only little for such a short time. My daughters all I have left & I want to enjoy those lazy days of summer with her like I did as a kid. She is a straight A student anyway. I enjoy taking her to europe to experience & learn new things. Its important that she grows in many different ways. I have a trip already booked to Rome to see the. Vatican for late May. Now what am I suppose to do? Guess I’ll forget Italy & visit other private Christian schools who will appreciate my Money & opinion!!! I’m tired of people telling us what to do. Last time I checked we were a Free Country, guess the archdiocese doesn’t care. Sooooo Sad!! :-(

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