Laid-Off Catholic Teachers Say Archdiocese Helping Little
By Matt Sepic, KWMU
St. Louis – Catholic Elementary teachers in St. Louis are continuing to press Archbishop Raymond Burke to help teachers who've been laid off.
About 200 elementary school teachers lost their jobs as part of a major parish and school restructuring plan.
Mary Chubb heads the Association of Catholic Elementary Educators, or ACEE.
She said Archbishop Burke has expressed his concern over the situation, but has so far failed to act.
"One of the reasons he hasn't specifically responded to me or the association is that he does not want to deal with our association and recognize it as a viable entity representing teachers," Chubb said.
But Terry Edelmann with the Catholic Education Office says more than a third of the teachers who requested employment assistance have been rehired.
"We expect that number will grow significantly within the week because April 30th is the deadline for signing contracts and turning in contracts," Edelmann said.