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Why LA families are sticking with Catholic education in a pandemic

two students stand by a 'Welcome Back' sign indicating the return to school

As a native Angeleno who attended public schools her whole life and is now an adjunct instructor in child development at Los Angeles City College, Myrna Velasquez can list plenty of educational reasons to explain why her sons still attend St. Patrick’s School in North Hollywood after five years.

But it might not have been until her husband, Julian, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer that the deeper value of the school and parish revealed itself, a place she has come to consider “a spiritual haven.”

Her oldest child, Joseph, starts seventh grade this year. He had been a second-grader at a well-regarded public magnet school at the time of his father’s health crisis.

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