I read the following this morning. Unfortunately, I'm not surprised.
When the leaders at the Baltimore International Academy read a property listing for St. Anthony's of Padua — a vacant Catholic school building that is nearly three times the academy's current size and five miles from its location — the $2.5 million price tag was an afterthought.
The advertisement posted by the Archdiocese of Baltimore boasted "big, bright and uplifting" classrooms that could alleviate the public charter school's cramped learning spaces. The building's "auditorium that converts easily into a cafeteria" could give kindergarteners who lunch at their desks a place to eat.
But the description for preferred applicants was not as promising: "This school building cannot be leased or sold to public charter schools," the listing said.
St. Anthony's is one of 13 vacant Catholic school buildings listed for sale or lease that the archdiocese decided should not be acquired by charter schools because they are considered a threat to its troubled Catholic school program.
The Catholic Church is a business as is their school system. Charters are having an effect on Catholic schools, and that's a shame. Sending one child to a Catholic school from pre-K to 8th grade is not that bad. But the price just about doubles for high school. Free vs. cost? Free is going to win many times.