CAPE October 2012 Meeting Notes

For Immediate Release

Contact: Marcy K. Krever, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: No calls please.

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

November 26, 2012

Catherine Maresca, a member of the AMS Public Policy Committee, attends the monthly meetings 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 elections are over and the House, Senate, and White House remain essentially the same. CAPE will schedule some meetings with new congressional education committee members in January.

In December, 2 CAPE members are meeting with Department of Education staff, primarily regarding effective implementation of equitable services for private school students and teachers. This issue will also remain the focus of CAPE as bills for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) are submitted to the new Congress.

As Congress and the White House consider fiscal matters, there is the possibility that tax deductions for charitable giving will be capped. The Coalition for Charitable Giving, which includes CAPE, is working hard to avoid this; its impact on donations to educational institutions could be severe.

Also briefly discussed were changes in current government surveys of schools, the impact of the Affordable Health Care Act on private education, and FEMA’s help for schools in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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