Alexander Thompson is a freelance writer covering K-12 Catholic education from Boston. Previously, he worked for newspapers in Ohio before coming to Massachusetts where he covers local news for suburban weeklies. A fluent French speaker, he spent a brief stint reporting for Senegal's largest private daily newspaper.

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Catholic colleges, universities debate COVID-19 vaccine requirements

Some two dozen Catholic colleges and universities have joined the growing list of institutions requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for students returning to campus this fall, decisions that are not without controversy.

Closures of Catholic schools in Black neighborhoods provoke sense of abandonment

Trinity Catholic High School in the St. Louis Archdiocese and Christ Our Savior Catholic School in the Chicago Archdiocese are part of a trend: Catholic schools serving Black students are more likely to close.

A deeper look at Catholic schools' pandemic enrollment plunge

In an unprecedented drop, U.S. Catholic school enrollment decreased by 6.4%, or more than 111,000 students, between fall of 2019 and the beginning of this school year.

St. Leo is latest Catholic university to nix faculty labor union

In a move professors said took them by surprise, St. Leo University in Florida voted to derecognize its 44-year-old faculty union, after courts rolled back labor protections on Catholic campuses last year.