The Archdiocese of New York has released a list of 32 struggling Catholic schools that could be forced to close under a plan that would strip them of financial subsidies.
The Archdiocese says the schools, which contain 4,561 students, have seen a decline in enrollment of 34 percent over the past five years.
Under the plan, principals and pastors at the "at-risk'' schools will be allowed to argue that their schools should continue receiving subsidies. Archbishop Timothy Dolan will then make a final decision in January, 2011.
In the last five years, the archdiocese has closed or merged nearly two dozen schools.