Since 2005, the Theodore case has brought up questions about constitutional rights and whether non-Catholic students have the right to attend Catholic schools. Now, 11 years later, the Saskatchewan Catholic Schools Boards Association waits to hear from one man about its future role within the province.
So, how did the Theodore case happen? And, why?
CCSTA wanted to give a backgrounder as well as an update on the case. We’re going to outline how it first started, how the trial went and the impact it may have on Catholic education across Canada.
In 2005, York School Division (now Good Spirit School Division #204 (GSSD)) filed a legal complaint against what is now Christ the Teacher Roman Catholic School Division #212 (CTRCSD) and the Government of Saskatchewan.
The complaint alleges that the creation of the new school division after the closure of Theodore Public School did not meet the criteria of being a separate school—serving Catholics who are the minority religion in the region. They allege it was created merely as a means to prevent the school from closing and children being bussed to a nearby town, and they are challenging the legal status of the division. Add a comment
Dr. Tim Uhl has a tradition when he drives to and from work – he listens to podcasts.
One day, when the Montana Catholic Schools Superintendent listened to one of his former high school student’s podcast, he had a realization.
“Why not me?” he asked himself. “I knew a few people and also knew that no one seemed to be doing this. So I thought this would be a great way to spotlight innovation and best practices and have conversations with smart people about the best path forward. This sounds like jargon but it's really true. I like thinking, I like talking to smart people, and I like trying new things.”
And so, this past September Dr. Uhl released his own podcast, Catholic Education Matters. Each week, he interviews thought leaders in Catholic education and discusses the future of Catholic schools in America.
Dr. Uhl hopes to reach emerging leaders, including those who want to be Catholic school principals, current principals who want to improve, aspiring superintendents, or current superintendents searching for better ways.
He says he wanted to focus on Catholic education for a variety of reasons.Add a comment
As we’re one month into the academic year, CCSTA has a lot to be grateful for this time of year.
Here’s just a sampling of our gratitude:
The foliage: There are few better sites than witnessing the fall colours come alive. The reds, oranges and yellows brighten the landscape, and we appreciate the season’s message of transition, change and comfort.