Al Cavalli

IMS chairman Brian McElwee, left, and Archbishop Chalres Chaput sign documents transferring control of 14 archdiocesan elementary schools.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Archdiocese Turns 14 Schools Over To Independent Operating Group

In a sweltering auditorium at St. Gabriel School in the Grays Ferry section of the city, Archbishop Charles Chaput signed an agreement turning 14 parish schools over to independent control.


(Gov. Corbett, at lectern, speaks to invited guests at St. Martin of Tours School in Northeast Philadelphia.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Gov. Corbett Visits a Philadelphia Catholic School, Touting Financial Makeover

Independence Mission Schools (“IMS”) is the umbrella organization for 16 parish elementary schools, all of which charge tuition but, controversially, use both public and private funds for financial aid.