President Obama’s Catholic School Roots

William McGurn’s piece in today’s Wall Street Journal highlights the huge benefits Catholic schools provide students in inner cities – even though they are struggling to continue serving the very communities that need them most.

While President Obama graduated from the private Punahou School in Hawaii, he did attend a Catholic school in Indonesia, and visited a Chicago Catholic school shortly after his election. McGurn calls on Obama to voice his support of Catholic schools publicly, saying, “This doesn’t mean that Mr. Obama must embrace vouchers. Given the dynamic of his party, that would be expecting too much. And a president can’t institute vouchers anyway, except in limited ways. However, simply by acknowledging Catholic schools as a national treasure that should be preserved, Mr. Obama would give them a badly needed shot in the arm.”

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