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Closing Catholic schools

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

The Catholic School system in this country has significantly dwindled over the past 30 years. With more and more schools being forced to close and combine due to fewer and fewer students, it will not be long before there will no longer be any Catholic schools left. It really is very sad, because all of those teachers who gave so many dedicated years of service in those schools have lost and will continue to lose their jobs.

In the diocese of Brooklyn, which includes Queens, teachers who have lost their jobs as a result of closings and consolidations are put on a so-called priority list that is sent out to all principals. What a joke! Most of these teachers do not find employment in another school. The Diocese does absolutely nothing to help them secure re-employment in the Catholic school system. These teachers are on their own. This is the thanks they receive from the diocese for all of their years of service and dedication to their students.

The diocese should be ashamed of the way that its teachers and administrators are treated due to these closings and consolidations.

John Amato
Fresh Meadows

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