Illinois Catholic school leaders brainstorm on how to keep system healthy

Feb. 27, 2007
Statewide enrollment in Catholic schools continues to drop.

With Catholic school enrollment continuing to plummet in Illinois, Cardinal Francis George of the Archdiocese of Chicago and other church leaders met Monday to discuss everything from improved marketing to additional state aid to rejuvenate a once-thriving parochial education system. The summit, involving about 300 Catholic school administrators as well as bishops and priests from across the state, was the first of its kind. And although trends continue to look gloomy--enrollment statewide has dropped to 170,000 from about 215,000 a decade ago--leaders kept the mood upbeat.

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