CAPE September 2013 Meeting Notes

For Immediate Release

Contact: Marcy K. Krever, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: 212-358-1250 x323
E-mail: marcykrever@amshq.org

American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163

September 16, 2013

Catherine Maresca attends the monthly meeting of the Council for American Private Education. Located in Washington, DC, CAPE is a coalition of national organizations and state affiliates serving private elementary and secondary schools. Catherine filed this report with us:

The House passed a version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) incorporating most of the language changes for equitable distribution of funds for private school students proposed by CAPE. The bill is no closer to being passed by the Senate, but at least we have language to discuss if/when the bill goes to conference.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions ( HELP), passed a CCDBG this week to reauthorize and improve the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990. This is the first and only general voucher in federal law relating to children, with useful language about admissions, employees, and religious providers. It's been a successful voucher program that we want to keep in place.

CAPE continues to watch developments regarding charitable giving in the tax code, meetings at the Department of Education, and a federal program supporting broadband in schools and classrooms.

We will use our November meeting to learn about the regulatory process in the government related to legislation from Congress. With Congressional action increasingly limited and politicized, lobbyists and advocates are turning their attention to the regulatory process.

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