I cannot believe that the 2010-2011 school year will soon be coming to a close. My time has truly passed swiftly since I first arrived in the Archdiocese last July. I continue to be amazed at the strength and great diversity of our Catholic schools. I also continue to learn about how the Catholic Schools Office can best support our schools. We have been fortunate to have some wonderfully dedicated and intelligent people in the Catholic Schools Office.
There has been a lot of conversation lately about the likelihood of cuts in public education in the coming year. In Monday's edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer, state officials were quoted as predicting that education funding may be slashed as much as 15-20%. A number of tax levies in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas failed during elections last month. Many public school districts are talking about massive cuts in expenses, including widespread layoffs of teachers and staff members. The immediate future of public education seems bleak.