LA Catholic schools open doors wider this summer

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Schools in the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese plan to open their doors to all children for summer school this year, after the L.A. Unified School District canceled most public summer classes for budget reasons.

Pat Livingston supervises Catholic elementary schools in L.A. She says about a hundred schools will offer basic reading and math courses, as the public schools do, but the Catholic schools will charge tuition.

Pat Livingston: "Anywhere from a hundred dollars a week to 280 dollars for five weeks, so it’s actually affordable. And you know our parents – we’re suffering from the economic downturn as well. So I know we’ll be working with our parents and with all the incoming parents to help negotiate that tuition."

L.A. Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines estimates that canceling public summer school for middle and elementary students leaves more than 225,000 kids without classes. Catholic summer schools traditionally have served students who are Catholic and who attend Catholic schools during the school year.