Frequently Asked Membership Question:  Isn't membership in TPSA covered by our accreditation?

No, membership in TPSA is completely separate from your accreditation.  Your membership dues provide the only representation and advocacy for private schools in the public sphere.

For online enrollment, contact our office at [email protected]

Forms may also be printed and mailed the old-fashioned way by visiting the Texas Private Schools website and mailing this form to the address below.

Please mail the dues check to:  3801 N Capital of TX Hwy, Suite E-240 PMB 173, Austin, TX  78746.



December Featured Schools


Congratulations to Annunciation Orthodox School, Bynum School, Full Armor Christian Academy, Hill Country Montessori, and The Pharr Oratory of St. Philip Neri. These schools are our featured schools of the month!  These are very different types of schools all commited to serving students and families with excellence.



Big News!  A Jobs Board for TPSA!





TPSA is proud to lauch the new career center on our website where you will find all of the best private school teaching and administrative positions in one place.  Visit www.TexasPrivateSchools.org.

Job seekers can:

Search for and quickly apply to great, relevant jobs.

Set up job alerts for immediately notification any time a relevant job is posted.

Create an anonymous job seeker profile or upload an anonymous resume so employers can find you.

Job posters can:

Place jobs in front of highly qualified members of the private school community.

Search our resume database of qualified candidates.

Manage jobs and applicant activity on our site.

Limit applicants to only those who are qualified

Job seeking is always free and members enjoy significant discounts when posting jobs.




SAVE THE DATE!

TPSA Summer Workshop

Baylor University, Waco

June 10, 2015


We are looking forward to seeing teachers and administrators for a recap of the legislative session, best practices in teaching in private schools, school safety updates, a federal funds primer, and a panel of private school leaders discussing the future of private schools in Texas!  Incredible information for private school leaders.  Mark your calendars!


 


There will be a rally on the Capitol steps in Austin on Friday, January 30th in celebration of all school choices that we are lucky to have in the state of Texas!  Join us!  For more information, contact Laura at [email protected]

Be sure to check out the Facebook Page for up-to-date information about the National School Choice Week rally.






 

 

School Choice Legislation Update

School choice is shaping up to be one of the hotter topics that will come before the legislature in this 84th session.  On November 17th, the Senate Education Committee held its last interim charge hearing to learn about how school choice programs work in other states.  TPSA was proud to represent the private schools in Texas with testimony about the specifics of a Tax Credit Scholarship plan. Lieutenant Governor-Elect Dan Patrick is a strong supporter of school choice and is working with the Texas Private Schools Association to make sure that we get legislation that will help increase access to private schools for low-income families without adding a regulatory burden that would keep private schools from participating.  


Senator Eddie Lucio (D, Brownsville) and Lt. Gov-Elect Dan Patrick (R, Houston) are both school choice supporters

Even more compelling testimony was provided by Austin from the Key School in Fort Worth, a TPSA member school.  Austin testified that his school has changed his life.  He wants that opportunity for other students in Texas.  Way to go Austin for sharing your story with legislators who can make that dream possible in this next session!


Austin and proud mom after his testimony

On December 2nd, pro-school choice advocates held a press conference at the same time as anti-school choice groups. Former Chairman of Public Education in the House of Representatives, Kent Grusendorf remarked, "public schools are doing a great job for some kids, but some kids it's not doing a great job for, so shouldn't you as a taxpayer and a parent have a right to look at an alternative that you think would serve your child better?" More information about school choice nationally may be found on the CAPE website and newsletter.

"Public schools are doing a great job for some kids, but some kids it's not doing a good job for, so shouldn't you as a parent and taxpayer have a right to look at an alternative that you think would serve your child better?" - See more at: http://austin.twcnews.com/content/news/310723/dueling--school-choice--events-make-their-cases-at-capitol/#sthash.mRXIjC0z.dpuf
"Public schools are doing a great job for some kids, but some kids it's not doing a good job for, so shouldn't you as a parent and taxpayer have a right to look at an alternative that you think would serve your child better?" Kent Grusendorf with the Texas Public Policy Foundation said - See more at: http://austin.twcnews.com/content/news/310723/dueling--school-choice--events-make-their-cases-at-capitol/#sthash.mRXIjC0z.dpuf
"Public schools are doing a great job for some kids, but some kids it's not doing a good job for, so shouldn't you as a parent and taxpayer have a right to look at an alternative that you think would serve your child better?" Kent Grusendorf with the Texas Public Policy Foundation said - See more at: http://austin.twcnews.com/content/news/310723/dueling--school-choice--events-make-their-cases-at-capitol/#sthash.mRXIjC0z.dpuf

Texas Loses out on Federal Pre-K Grant



Commissioner Michael Williams

On December 10th, Texas found out that it was not a recipient of the federal pre-k grant for up to $120 million for expanding pre-k options in Texas.  Commissioner Williams had included a portion of the grant application to include private school choice for parents and some detractors claim that this was the reason for the application to be rejected.  However, there is no mention of this parental choice piece in the grant reviews.  Commissioner Williams continues to be vocal about "expanding, enhancing, and providing parental choice" and that is great news for private schools in Texas.  Any expansion of either federal or state funding for pre-k should include a private school option for families.

 

And Finally Some Good News: E-rate!

 

Hopefully your school is enrolled in the E-Rate program. If so, good news! If not, please consider signing up. Nearly every school is eligible.

E-Rate is a telecommunications discount program created in 1996, for schools and libraries and is under the jurisdiction of the FCC. Discounts for certain services and products are realized either in the form of a discounted bill or on a reimbursement basis. The amount of discount varies from 20% to 90% of the annual cost of telecommunications services, depending on the poverty level of your students as well as your location. The most disadvantaged schools receive the most funding.

Just this week a new plan was approved which will close the Wi-Fi gap and make the dollars stretch further. The FCC significantly increased the funding cap from $46. to $75 per eligible student and sharpened the focus to support broadband related goods and services.

Funding applications for FY2015 are due in the spring.  To obtain more information and guidance for new or continued participation in the E-Rate program, you may want to register for webinars offered by USBC’s Schools and Libraries Division.  Registration information as well as an E-Rate survival kit, including new roles, new forms and training for the new E-Rate cycle, can be found at www.fundsforlearning.com.

We are here to help!  If you have questions or need more information please contact [email protected]  or the U. S. Office of Non Public Education at 202-401-1365.