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“I told them that they should just remove that crds and put up a dollar bill. At least I’ll law what I’m dealing with.”1 Darlene Rhem, a teacher at St. Augustine School located in the Morrisania section of the South Bronx, stated this as she was discussing the decision by the Archdiocese of New York to close the school in June 2011. She has taught there for 18 years, and will now find herself out of a job in June through no fault of her own. Through that blunt statement, Rhem is vocalizing much of the frustration felt by teachers and those connected to St. Augustine School, and most likely teachers in other Catholic schools. Has money become the driving force behind Catholic education, or is there still an emphasis on the moral development of a child and on teaching as a lifelong vocation? While some would say yes, others would argue that there has been a subtle shift in the overall mission of Catholic schools.
Moran, Nora, "Losing Our Home: The Closing of St. Augustine School" (2011). African & African American Studies Senior Theses. 53.