CAPE September 2012 Meeting Notes


Contact: Marcy K. Krever, Senior Director of Communications & Public Relations
Phone: No calls please.

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

September 20, 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:

We began the new (school) year welcoming new members and reintroducing ourselves and our organizations. AMS is unique in that it serve teachers from both public and private schools.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) continues to languish in Congress and nothing is expected to be done with it during the campaign season or the session after the elections this year. Since the Obama administration has started to grant waivers for compliance to states, the pressure for reauthorization has diminished.

With an interest in helping to preserve tax deductions for individual gifts at their current levels (up to 38% of income), CAPE is considering participation in the Coalition for Charitable Choice. This group will monitor discussions in Congress about changes in the current deductions, and meet with representatives and staff to present the impact of lower deductions on private schools. If Congress takes this up as a way to raise revenues the Coalition may be seeking some grassroots support this year.  

School Choice: Eleven states now have a scholarship tax credit program, increasing school choice for families with lower incomes. On the other hand, data indicate that charter schools are drawing private school transfers, with an alarming reduction in the presence of private schools as charter schools open.

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