From the NY Daily News:
In an unprecedented move, the Archdiocese of New York is trying to save six cash-strapped elementary schools by allowing an outside organization to run them.
The Partnership for Inner-City Education — which has a history of working with city Catholic schools — is contracting with the archdiocese to manage the finances and oversee the academic curriculums of the schools in the Bronx and Harlem starting this fall.
“We want to have full enrollment and sustainability for the very long term,” said Jill Kafka, executive director of the nonprofit. “We’re really looking to have these schools alive for a long time.”
It’s the first time that an independent group will take control of New York City parochial schools, with power to oversee the hiring and firing of teachers and staff. The terms of the current teachers’ union contract still stand, officials said.
The article says that the Archdiocese will maintain control of the religious education program.
I don’t know what the state of the schools are (i.e., how genuinely “Catholic” they are), but it seems to me if you end up having teachers being hired/fired by a non-Catholic agency…except Religious Ed., of course, then you will have the kids being told one thing in Rel. Ed. classes and have them potentially taught the exact opposite in all their other classes.
Hope this works for the Archny, but it gives me serious pause…