JULY 31, 2018
Carter Research Looks to Transform School Management
in the Southwest U.S.
Washington, D.C. – July 31, 2018 – Carter Research, the strategic advisory firm to the K-12 education industry, announced today that in addition to its clients in New England, the Mid-West, and the Mid-Atlantic, the firm is now expanding its operations to serve clients in the Southwest region of the United States, focusing first on the state of Texas.
“We are very excited about our current partnership with the Diocese of Dallas,” said Samuel Casey Carter, the president of Carter Research. “The positive momentum that our brand of educational support services is generating for our work in the city of Dallas suggests a broad market need that we are committed to serving. Over the last quarter we have seen high demand for our services in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, but Dallas quickly became our top priority and we are looking forward to building on this success and to having a meaningful impact on the region as a whole.”
Increasing the total supply of high-quality, low-cost educational options in the southwest region of the country is of particular interest to Carter Research because of the imbalanced market dynamics between the growing number of quality charter school operators and private faith-based schools that do not benefit from a publicly funded tax credit or scholarship program. “We’d love to see a fully funded voucher in Texas,” said Carter. “Latino families in particular are going to church but not sending their children to Catholic and other faith-based schools, because they cannot afford them. Private school choice in Texas would take pressure off the local public schools, create an incentive for private schools to grow efficiently, and radically improve the supply of quality options.”
In the absence of better public policy that would increase public funding to private schools, Carter Research is working with the Diocese of Dallas to improve the financial efficacy of its current operations in other ways. “At the Catholic Schools Office, we are absolutely committed to serving well those families who have been under-served by society as a whole,” said Matthew Vereecke, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Dallas. “It is important for us that people see Catholic Schools as good for Dallas, which means serving every family that believes that Catholic Schools are a path to a better life. Unfortunately, some schools are simply out of reach financially for many families in the DFW area. We are working with Carter Research to build a model for the future to make a great Catholic education affordable for every family that desires it,” Vereecke said.
Among the best private school options serving middle school and high school students in south Dallas is Bishop Dunne Catholic School. It is at Bishop Dunne that Carter Research, the school leadership team, the school board, and the diocesan Office of Catholic Schools are working together to create a breakthrough model for the future.