Foundation Names New Executive of Philly’s Catholic High Schools

Back in August, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced it was turning control of its 17 high schools and four special education facilities to an independent foundation. On Monday, the Faith in the Future Foundation is scheduled to introduce the first chief executive of Philly’s Catholic high schools. Samuel Casey Carter—author of No Excuses: Lessons from 21 High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools and president of an education consulting firm near D.C.—will be introduced at SS. John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School in South Philly.

Carter already had what he said was an inspiring meeting recently with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. He plans to immediately embark on what he’s dubbed his listening tour. He intends to visit all the archdiocesan high schools and special education schools by Thanksgiving.

The resume for Carter’s extensive career includes serving as president from 2005 to 2007 of National Heritage Academies. The Michigan-based education management firm operates 76 elementary charter schools in nine states. None are in Pennsylvania. [Inquirer]