Upcoming District Meetings - Be In the Know!



If you will be in:

Austin on January 20th at 8:30am

or 

Houston on February 3rd at 8:30am,

mark your calendars to come to the TPSA District Meeting!

We will have updates on the legislative session and interesting conversations with local legislators.  They will want to hear our priorities for this session and discuss what they predict will happen during the 85th legislative session.

Breakfast will be served at both events.  Please contact [email protected] for an invitation to these events if you are not already on the email list.



December Featured Schools

Congratulations to Brazos Christian School in Bryan, Hill School in Fort Worth, Notre Dame School of Dallas, River Oaks Baptist in Houston, and Valley Christian Heritage School in Alamo.  These are the December featured schools for the Texas Private Schools Association!


Get more information about these schools on our Facebook page or Twitter feed at @TXPrivateSchool.



        ESSA Webinar

If you are interested in understanding how the new Every Student Succeeds Act impacts private schools, then be sure to sign up for the webinar being held by the Office of Non-Public Education in the Department of Education.  You will hear the very latest in guidance on how that law relates to private schools.

Go here to register for the webinar on January 10th, 2017 at 1pm CST.

The Texas Private Schools Association has set up an ESSA working group with representatives from the TEA to make sure that we are implementing the law to benefit the children and families in private schools in Texas.  This group will begin meeting in January.  We will consider such items as the ombudsman position that should help private schools take advantage of the federal funds to which they are due.






It is almost here!  We have many buses filled with private school students, parents and teachers coming to the Capitol to spread the word about the benefits of private schools and what a school choice bill could mean to children and families in Texas. 

Join us on the South Steps of the Capitol at 10am on Tuesday, January 24th!




 

Professional Development Opportunity with The National WWII Museum in New Orleans


The Summer Teacher Institute will focus on strategies for teaching about World War II in EuropeThe program is designed for high school social studies teachers, but other teachers may qualify.  Recipients receive room, board and travel for free, as well as up to six graduate credits. 

The institute is taught by renowned WWII scholar and New York Times bestselling author Donald L. Miller, PhD, and  occurs in three phases, beginning with a week-long seminar in New Orleans and ending with a visit to the site of the D-Day landings in Normandy. 

More information may be found here.  Applications are due February 1, 2017.  Private school teachers are encouraged to apply.




 
 

Legislative Preview: TPSA Briefs Legislative Staffers on School Choice Bills, Accreditation



The Texas Private School Association is already hard at work on legislative priorities in advance of the session beginning on January 10th, 2017.  We have been briefing staffers, participating in interim hearings, and talking to legislators to make sure that the voice of private schools is heard during this important session.  The above picture was taken during an explanation of the private school accreditation process for House and Senate staff.  A few bills that are already in the works:

Senator Van Taylor will file a bill allowing private schools to stock and use unprescribed Epi Pens for emergency allergic reactions in schoools.  

Senator Van Taylor will file another bill allowing private schools to participate in the school marshal program.  This provides another level of safety and security for schools who choose to participate in this training program.

School Choice will be a hot topic from day one of the session.  TPSA will work diligently on the tax credit scholarship bill that was passed out of the Senate in the last session (SB4).  Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) will be another policy option that will be debated and considered this session.

Governor Abbott weighed in on school choice recently with this quote, "I think the people who are best positioned to make the decisions about education are not leaders in Austin, Texas, but the parents of kids that go to school...I will be interested in school choice solutions that are offered up, and I would be interested in signing the most pro-school choice law that arrives on my desk." 


 


Enrollment Uptick



Since 2001, the enrollment nationally in private schools has been declining, but this trend was reversed in the latest count of private school students conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  Between 2011 and 2013, the number of private school students increased by 82,000.  More details about private school enrollment may be found in the CAPE December newsletter and the NCES Web page


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