Summer school continues in LA's Catholic schools

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Catholic schools in Los Angeles say they’re ready to step in for public schools that won’t hold classes this summer. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that Catholic schools will charge, but will be open.

Molly Peterson: Likely state budget cuts have caused the L.A. Unified School District to cancel summer classes for elementary and middle school students. Superintendent Ramon Cortines estimates that leaves 225,000 kids without access to reading, writing, and math courses to help them advance to the next grade. Father Sal Pilato says the schools of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles offer similar summer courses. Pilato manages secondary schools for the archdiocese.

Father Sal Pilato: Most of them have been available to the community for many years. Because of the budget crisis and because of the fear in the community that children may not be able to take summer school and they may be in need of summer school for remediation or makeup classes, letting the community know that this resource is available for them, I feel we’re obligated to do.

Peterson: Fees will range from 100 dollars a week to 280 dollars for five weeks. Administrators say they may make accommodations in some circumstances for cash-strapped parents. A list of the schools is available at the archdiocese’s Web site.