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When Charter Schools Are in Churches, Conflict Is in the Air
8/1i/13 | New York Times
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Catholic Ethos, Public Education
Spring 2011| Education Next
The New York Times ran a story this weekend looking at the range of connections that exist between some charter schools and religious institutions. While charter schools must teach a secular, state-approved curriculum, some charter schools are housed in churches or are run by groups with religious affiliations.
In 2011, Peter Meyer wrote a feature story for Education Next about how one of the Catholic Church’s most respected orders, the Christian Brothers, came to run two public schools in impoverished neighborhoods in Chicago. How did this come about? Arne Duncan, then the superintendent of Chicago Public Schools, asked them to.