CAPE February 2013 Meeting Notes

For Immediate Release

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

February 14, 2013

Catherine Maresca, a member of the AMS Public Policy Committee, 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:

CAPE met on Monday, February 4. Plans are going forward to meet with the new representatives on the House of Representatives and Senate Committees on Appropriations and Committees on Education and the Work Force, as well as the heads of those committees.

MMG members participated in a conference call and follow up correspondence with the Department of Education on school safety to continue to press for inclusion of private schools in any funding the federal government provides to make schools safer for children and teachers.

A hearing in Congress on Thursday, February 14, will give not-for-profits an opportunity to make sure tax deductions for charitable gifts continue to be available at the current rate of 35% of income. Many schools rely on these gifts for budgetary support.

There are no new developments on passing the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA).

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