In Mount Washington, the archdiocese did the right thing

March 23, 2011

I had the privileged of attending some of the discussions that resulted in the closed Shrine of the Sacred Heart School becoming part of the Mount Washington School, Baltimore's newest K-8 public school.

It was clear that having to close their school and sell or lease the building was a wrenching decision for both the archdiocese and the congregation, but throughout our meetings, the church representatives made clear their concern for the children, their commitment to education and their desire to see and do what is best for the community. I don't know if things would have been different had the word "charter" replaced the word "public" in our school's name, but I do know that the discussions I attended focused on the opportunities we could offer the kids, not on the competition it would represent for Catholic schools.

In Mount Washington, the church kept their priorities straight, did the right thing for the kids, and deserves the thanks of the community.

Mac Nachlas, Baltimore

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