Bill would expand college scholarships to nonpublic school grads

The Missouri House Committee on Higher Education is considering legislation that would expand the A+ college scholarship program to include graduates of private high schools, including Catholic schools.

The Missouri Catholic Conference testified in support of HB 451, which is sponsored by State Rep. Keith English, I-Florissant.

EDUCATION IN THE ARCHDIOCESE | Catholic schools are communities of faith, knowledge and service

Kurt Nelson

One of my proudest moments as a Catholic school principal came when talking with a student who had been selected to be a lector at her Confirmation Mass.

She recounted that a nonCatholic friend (who attended a secular school) asked her, "You mean you have to get up in front of all those people and read out loud from the Bible? Aren't you scared?"

Her response, simply: "Why? I've been doing it since kindergarten!"

Using education to overturn effects of racism

The name instantly sets the organization apart.

African American Male Scholars.

"Scholars" is the operative word, representing members of this St. Louis University group. The words "African, American and male" merely serve as adjectives.

First and foremost, they're scholars, pursing bachelor's degrees at SLU. Perhaps they're the first in their families to attend college; or perhaps they're following in the footsteps of college-educated family members. Either way, they've probably dealt with what Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has called "systemic racism" in our society.

First High School Night takes place Sept. 9

High School Nights provide students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and their parents an opportunity to hear from representatives of the Catholic high schools about their programs and policies. Go to to see a list of all the High School Nights. All begin promptly at 7 p.m. 

DEAR FATHER | Seeing the Trinity in daily life helps us understand the mystery

Father John Mayo

How do you explain the Trinity to children?

Common Core complaints give way to concern about future of education

While the Common Core State Standards have been embraced by many in the field of education, they're also receiving a healthy dose of skepticism -- and in some cases a flat-out rejection -- from others, including many Catholics.

The concerns are numerous: the standards have the potential to "dumb down" Catholic schools; a perceived idea that Catholic schools will be required to use materials that are against Catholic teaching; and suspicions that the approach is federally mandated and will be used as a tool to access personal data.

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