Vouchers Offer Stability To Cleveland's Catholic Schools

CLEVELAND (AP) - The state's school voucher program has helped stabilize enrollment at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland's city schools.

That's according to Margaret Lyons, the superintendent of the Cleveland diocese's schools.

The eight-county diocese is considering closing churches because of limited finances and shrinking congregations.

But because the closings are in the planning stages, it's not clear whether a church would be closed or merged while its affiliated school stays open.

Vouchers allow students to apply taxpayer money toward tuition at private schools

More than 80 percent of students in at least seven Catholic elementary schools inside Cleveland's city limits use vouchers to attend.