The good news: The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that inner-city Catholic schools in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati are bucking the national trend and growing their enrollments.

The bad news: The Cincinnati schools are accomplishing it through the use of state-funded vouchers.

The Cincinnati Archdiocese is in year two of a major effort to recruit Hispanic students, which they say is going well. Ohio’s expansion of the Educational Choice Scholarship Program (EdChoice) also played a big role. The program offers state-funded tuition vouchers to lower-income families to help them pay for private school tuition. Nearly 70 percent of CISE students receive money from EdChoice.

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