March 7th, 2013
06:49 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks to Anderson

Tonight in an AC360° exclusive interview, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks with Anderson Cooper about something close to her heart - her old school up in the Bronx, here in New York.

Chances are you haven’t heard of Blessed Sacrament School, but it’s one of 24 schools closing across the Archdiocese due to financial pressures, leaving plenty of students, parents and graduates upset.

That includes Justice Sotomayor, Blessed Sacrament’s valedictorian of the Class of 1968. She grew up in the area in the housing projects that now bear her name. She came back home today to help lift the spirits of Blessed Heart’s students and staff.

Sotomayor believes she wouldn't be where she is today without the school. She tells Anderson that parents, especially from immigrant families, rely on educational institutions like Blessed Sacrament to give underprivileged children opportunities to rise above their socioeconomic status.

"The schools that suffer are the schools in, in poor neighborhoods. They are the neighborhoods with the greatest need, with the parents struggling to work and to make ends meet," she says.

You’ll hear from Justice Sotomayer and parents questioning the Church’s actions. Don’t miss the exclusive interview at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

Filed under: 360° Interview • Anderson Cooper • Education
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  1. charles racette

    the money for Catholic education should come from the tax money we pay. The judge should support vouchers for children to go to schol of choice. I pay school taxes plus helping my children pay tuition to catholic schools. if school vouchers were used the competition with public schools would surely make them better.

    March 7, 2013 at 8:44 pm |