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Why Catholic elementary schools in Huron-Perth admit non-Catholics

The Waterloo Region Catholic School Board is now debating behind closed doors whether it wants to admit non-Catholic students to its elementary schools. The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board talks about why his board changed its policy 15 years ago to admit non-Catholic students.

The Waterloo Region Catholic School Board is in the midst of a debate over whether to admit non-Catholic students to its elementary schools.

Some trustees are eager for the change, while others are concerned it could water down Catholic education.

In 1998, the Huron-Perth Catholic School Board decided to allow children of all faiths attend its schools.

Now non-Catholic students account for 23 per cent of the board's elementary school enrolment.

The Morning Edition's Craig Norris spoke to Jim McDade, Chair of the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board, about the board's experiences around welcoming non-Catholic children to its elementary schools.