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    Faith-Based Schools in the United States

    An upcoming book co-edited by education professor and Center for Catholic Education fellow, Thomas Hunt, is being described by publisher ABC-CLIO as the "definitive work" on faith-based education in America. The Praeger Handbook of Faith-Based Schools in the United States, K–12 is a two-volume handbook which discusses government regulations and outcomes of faith-based schooling. It covers 30 major faith-based school groups and associations that govern or support them from the Catholic, Muslim, Orthodox Christian, Protestant and Jewish religions. Included is a comprehensive report of U.S. Supreme Court and state supreme court decisions on faith-based schools as well as an examination of American faithbased schools and schooling issues from an international perspective. "It really covers the whole spectrum of faith-based education, which plays an important role in our nation's history and its future," said Hunt.

    Scheduled for release in August, the Handbook is co-edited by James C. Carper, professor of social foundations of education at the University of South Carolina. It is Hunt’s 26th book and comes hot on the heels of his 25th book, At the Heart of the Church: Selected Documents of Catholic Education, a collection of church documents on Catholic education that affirm the Catholic school as integral to the church’s mission and evangelization efforts. The Rev. Ronald J. Nuzzi, senior director of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program at Notre Dame, is co-editor.

    Hunt has written more than 100 articles and books on education, many of them with a focus on Catholic issues and education. He joined the University of Dayton faculty in 1996.

    (Written by Cameron Fullam, Assistant Director, UD Media Relations)