CAPE January 2014 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

January 13, 2014

AMS member 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:

On the legislative side, the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) has not been reauthorized! There is some activity around Early Childhood programs, and CAPE’s issue paper on this from 2008 will be reviewed and updated by the board this winter as the statement of our concerns and positions. The DC Opportunity Scholarship Program should be reauthorized this month, along with incentives for students in military schools, and IDEA provisions. The Perkins Act is also up for reauthorization, making public school courses in science, technology, and mathematics available to private school students. Joe McTighe, CAPE executive director, will write up concepts we want to convey in conversations or lobbying situations. We are particularly interested in access to online and community college courses.

In the Department of Education guidance for schools to qualify for school lunches for the whole student body has been issued. This was done without any consultation with CAPE or other private schools. CAPE will be watching these guidelines for their impact on private schools.

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