CAPE May 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

June 12, 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:

At the May 21 CAPE meeting, we were pleased to note that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Non-Public Education is resolving issues related to student visas for foreign students visiting U.S. schools. Specifically, the USDE had changed their definition of “accredited schools,” making it almost impossible for private schools to become accredited to receive Visas for foreign exchange students. The USDE has temporarily gone back to the former, friendlier method. They are also clarifying the process that provides private school teachers with access for to funds for ESL training at universities around the country.

We had a thought-provoking conversation about the potential impact of charter schools on private schools, as well as on school choice. CAPE supports school choice,. recognizing the importance of providing America’s children with access to an array of high-quality schools. In keeping with their vision and mission, they have drafted principles to guide school choice legislation at the state and federal levels. CAPE is currently working on an issue paper on charter schools.

Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) continues to languish due to election year politics. ESEA was first introduced (and last authorized by Congress) in 2002, when it became known as No Child Left Behind, or NCLB.

The next CAPE meeting will take place June 18; our CAPE notes will take a break for the summer, and resume in September.

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