The status of the 2007-08 CMA Fund Drive as of April 25 is available on dor.org. That data can be used to generate a spreadsheet which allows us to compare the results for the Monroe County parishes whose associated schools are slated to close with those whose schools will be staying open.
About 5 weeks ago we looked at data covering the 2006-07 CMA drive. The current data are quite similar.
In terms of CMA goals, the parishes where schools are staying open have been tasked with raising, on average, 76% more money than those whose schools will be closed. The total dollar difference between the two groups is almost $357,000.
But in terms of actual CMA pledges the differences are even more striking. Parishes where schools are staying open have so far pledged an average of 96% more than those whose schools will be closed. Here the total dollar difference between the two groups is just over $433,000.
As I said before, the diocese almost certainly will say it isn't about the money. The data, however, are saying something else.