CAPE November 2013 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 7, 2013

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:

The bulk of our meeting was dedicated to “an insider’s guide to the regulatory process,” led by Kia Dennis, assistant chief counsel at the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy. We asked for this because agency regulations affect public policy more than legislation, due to the current gridlock in Congress. There are several points for which stakeholders can comment on proposed rules. Agencies currently creating rules that impact private education include the Department of Education, Health and Human Services, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

One of the things we learned from Kia is that grassroots e-mails and calls do push an agency to consider the concerns raised by CAPE, AMS, and other advocates for education.

Meanwhile we are following the development of possible legislation in Congress, including the Child Care Development Block Grant Reauthorization Bill, tax reform, and Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) reauthorization.

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