Updated Harvey Numbers

Thank you to all schools that responded to our request for numbers of families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  TPSA, along with the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, estimates that there are approximately 12,336 private school families that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey and filed insurance and/or FEMA claims.

TPSA will continue to work with our congressional delegation to appropriate funds for tuition assistance much like was offered after Hurricane Katrina to those affected families.

December Featured Schools

Congratulations to our featured schools of the month: Edna Christian Academy, New Braunfels Christian Academy, Providence Christian School of Texas, The Center for Teaching and Learning, and Weatherford Christian School.  TPSA is proud to represent you and be the public voice for these amazing private schools.

Federal Update:

Tax Reform, School Choice,
 Title II-A Funds

Thank you so much to those of you who registered your opinion on tax provisions that affect private schools and helped push CAPE's agenda to include the four outcomes the private school community was seeking.  The bill is expected to pass this week and includes all four provisions.

1.  Expansion of 529 accounts:  Senator Ted Cruz added an amendment that would allow 529 accounts for K-12 private school tuition.  Currently, these untaxed accounts are only for college tuition.

2.  Retains tax-free tuition reductions for employees and dependents. 

3.  Retains tax-free benefits of up to $5,250 annually for educational assistance to employees.

4.  Retains the above-the-line $250 deduction for expenses incurred by elementary and secondary school teachers for professional development or instructional materials.

Congress is currently also considering whether to fund or eliminate Title II-A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which fund the professional development of teachers.  Many private schools and their teachers benefit from these federal funds.

The Senate has approved $2 billion, but the House version provides no funding at all.  TPSA and CAPE support the $2 billion funding level.  Go here register your opinion on this important funding to improve education in both public and private schools.

The REMS TA (Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance) Center has cybersafety considerations for K-12 schools.  This document outlines threats to schools and how to maintain secure networks and prevent attacks.  There is a webinar with important information about these risks as well. 

 TPSA District Meetings

Houston: January 30th
Midland: February 7th
Join Us!

Please join us at Second Baptist School in Houston on January 30th from 11 - 1pm  for lunch and to recap our very successful last legislative session and look forward to the next one!  More details to come, but please mark your calendars!  

If you are in the area, please join Rep. Brooks Landgraf, TPSA, and other private school leaders at

Midland Christian School on Wednesday, February 7th from 12 - 2pm

for lunch and a discussion about private school issues and past and upcoming legislative sessions!

You do not need to be a member of TPSA to attend these district meetings.  Please email [email protected] to rsvp or for more information about either of these events. 

 New Surveys About Private School Choice

EdChoice released results of a national "Schooling in America" study in which they contacted 1,000 American adults to elicit opinions on K-12 education and education choice.

When asked what kind of school a parent would choose for the best education for their child, 42% of parents selected private schools, while 33% would choose a public school, 15% a charter school, and 7% would homeschool.

When asked about satisfaction with their child's school, 93% of private school parents reported satisfaction, 90% of homeschool parents, 75% of public charter school parents, and only 73% of public district schools.

A Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business study came to the same conclusion in an online survey of 7,259 parents conducted in October and November of this year. 

Only 50% of parents of children in public school gave the schools an A or A+.  Of the parents of children in private school, 74% of parents gave these school top grades. 

Parents based these overall grades on areas such as academics and learning, school administration and staff, safety, teachers, family and community engagement, and extra-curricular activities.

SAT Scores

The results are in from the College Board for the revised SAT for the class of 2017, the first graduating class in which the majority of the test-takers took the new exam that was first administered in March of 2016.

College-bound students in religious and independent schools scored higher than those students in public schools.  A more detailed analysis is found in the CAPE Outlook for December.

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