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March 4, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 12

Lynch School to Host Symposium on Future of Catholic Schools

Three national leaders in Catholic education will discuss "The Future of Catholic Schools: Survival and Models of Transformation" in a symposium on Thursday, March 18, as part of the Boston College Church in the 21st Century initiative. Sponsored by the Lynch School of Education, the symposium will take place from 7-10 p.m. in Gasson 100.

"The Future of Catholic Schools" will feature the following speakers: Sister Glenn Anne McPhee, OP, secretary for education of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB); USCCB Deputy Secretary for Schools Rev. William F. Davis, OSFS, and Sister Dale McDonald, PBVM, director of public policy and educational research for the National Catholic Educational Association.

Lynch School Interim Dean Joseph M. O'Keefe, SJ, will serve as moderator.

Responding to the presentations will be James G. Miller, '90, a trustee of the Catholic Schools Foundation of Boston, and Asst. Prof. Janice Jackson (LSOE), former deputy superintendent of schools for Boston and former director of the Office for Black Catholics in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

As USCCB secretary for education, Sister McPhee oversees superintendents of schools in all US dioceses. Fr. Davis's focus at USCCB is on governmental relations, particularly federal entitlement programs for children in Catholic schools. Sister McDonald is an expert on the current state of Catholic education and serves as a consultant to USCCB on matters of public policy and Catholic schools.

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