Message to Private Schools from Senator Cruz

Thank you Senator Ted Cruz for for showing your support for private education. 

Senator Cruz welcomed state CAPE representatives to Austin and shared a message of support for our schools and the fight to remain independent and autonomous.

It's essential that families in our country have options and private education is providing hundreds of thousands of families with the education their child deserves!

To see the video, click here.

July Featured Schools

Congratulations to the Ann and Nate Levine Academy in Dallas, Hyde Park Schools in Austin, Lake Country Christian School in Ft. Worth, St. Joseph School in Killeen, and St. Mark's Episcopal School in Houston.  These schools are our summer showcase schools.  Each of them serves families exceptionally well.

Thank you Baylor University for a great workshop for private school teachers and leaders! 

Shown here, Dr. Penny Armstrong instructs private school teachers and leaders about 21 century learning.

Amanda Costello with Strasburger & Price led the group through tricky legal territory in private schools. 

A special thank you to Representative Doc Anderson for helping our private school teachers and leaders understand the legislative process and how important it is to be involved!

The afternoon was filled with hands-on activities for teachers to understand the latest in pedagogy and brain research happening at Baylor.

Mark your calendars and make plans  for next year's workshop!

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed interim guidance for kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) district and school administrators for public health actions pertaining to Zika virus infection.

This guidance is intended to address concerns about the risk for Zika virus infection in K-12 schools in the continental United States and Hawaii, provide school districts with information for planning school-related activities, and recommend actions that can be taken, in consultation with local public health authorities and government officials, to reduce the potential risk for Zika virus transmission on school premises and among students

This guidance provides an overview of the potential roles and responsibilities of public health authorities and school officials, describes prevention measures that schools can take to reduce mosquito exposure, and provides information on responding to a case of travel-associated Zika virus infection or confirmed local mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus.

To view the Zika Virus Response Planning: Interim Guidance for District and School Administrators in the Continental United States and Hawaii, access this link:

We encourage you to also view the REMS TA Center's Keeping Students and Staff Safe from Infectious Diseases web page for additional resources:

While this is guidance for public schools, private schools may benefit from knowing best practices for public schools and strategies for dealing with this virus.

Learn how Students who are currently 4th graders or those who just graduated from 4th grade during the 2015-2016 academic year (including home-schooled students) can obtain a paper pass that grants them free entry through August 31, 2016, into all federal lands and waters. 

In order to receive the pass, students should visit the Every Kid in a Park website and participate in an educational activity.  Then, they can print a paper pass to bring with them to visit public lands.  At certain participating sites, fourth graders can exchange the paper pass for a durable plastic Interagency Annual 4th Grade Pass.  Fourth graders must be present for free entry into parks and to exchange the paper pass for a plastic pass.  

Note that students who will be 4th graders in the 2016-2017 academic year can download their 4th grade passes beginning on September 1, 2016.  Their passes are valid through August 31, 2017.


Council for American Private Education Summer Institute in Austin

From July 10 - 12, 2016, State CAPE leaders gathered in Austin to discuss private school issues and learn from each other. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia were represented as well as invited guests from the Institute for Justice and national school choice groups and sponsors who helped make the gathering possible.

Topics covered included religious freedom, implementing smart school choice programs, and best practices for serving private schools in each state.

It was an honor to host these representative of private schools across the country, and they left Austin after a great visit to Texas feeling empowered to work hard on behalf of the incredible schools that we serve!

New Overtime Rules Webinar!

If you are confused about the new federal regulations from the Department of Labor that go into effect on December 1st, 2016 concerning exempt vs. non-exempt employees, then you are not alone!

If you are not aware of the new regulations in paying overtime to hourly vs. salaried employees, then this webinar is a must. 

Tom Cathey with ACSI has agreed to offer a webinar to TPSA member schools to help clarify any questions!

Login instructions to participate in this webinar that will take place in August will be sent to TPSA member schools. If you are not yet a member of TPSA, but would benefit from this information, please email Laura at [email protected]

 Thank you corporate sponsors for 2015-2016!