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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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.

Deep cuts at Catholic colleges draw backlash

Layoffs and budget cuts are coming to Catholic campuses around the country as the financial impact of the pandemic begins to hit. Critics say such actions jeopardize the universities' Catholic values.

As Catholic school teachers head back to the classroom, discontent simmers

Some Catholic school teachers are finding it difficult to be honest about their fears for in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic.