The Crisis of Quality Educational Options for Low-Income Families

  • On average, only 20% of public school eighth-graders in large cities reach “advanced” or “proficient” levels of reading (U.S. Department of Education, The Nation’s Report Card, Reading 2007)

  • While the population of faith-based schools outside of inner-cities actually grew by 15% from 2000 to 2006, the population of such schools within inner-cities has decreased dramatically

  • The number of faith-based urban schools closed from 2000 to 2006 is comparable to the entire Los Angeles Unified School System.  The total number of students lost is greater than the entire enrollment of Chicago Public Schools. (White House Domestic Policy Council, September 2008 Report)