HB 1881 Signed, Sealed and Delivered
Thank you Governor Abbott!





Not every bill passed by the legislature made the cut, but our bill that allows private schools to pass along credit card fees to parents who want to use this method of payment survived the veto and was signed into law on June 9, 2015.  This will save our schools up to $250,000 a year in credit card fees!

Best practices for schools who want to allow credit cards and have not done so before will be emailed to member schools in the next few weeks.  TPSA is seeking the advice of experts in this implementation and we will send this information on to schools.

Another big thank you to Representative Giovanni Capriglione (R, Southlake) and Senator Brandon Creighton (R, Conroe) for making this bill a reality!  We can't wait to see what schools will do with the money saved.




 
Public Health Regulations for Private Schools - Immunizations and Spinal Screenings


The Texas Department of State Health Services would like to remind private schools about regulations that apply to our schools for immunizations and spinal screenings. 

Please find the immunization schedule here, that private schools students must follow unless students have an affadavit for exemptions due to medical or religious beliefs.

There was some confusion about the requirements for spinal screening, please find the clarification here. They determined that flexibility exists in the current rule language to allow schools to screen for spinal abnormality in grades 6th and 9th OR grades 5th and 8th.  


June Featured Schools


Congratulations to our featured schools of the month: Awty International School Buckner Fanning Christian School, Episcopal Day School Brownsville, Grace Academy Dallas and San Jacinto Christian Academy.  These schools are spread all over the state, but what they have in common is a commitment to excellence.



AP Exams in Private Schools


 
For more information, read the Council for American Private Education newsletter.

 

 
And the results are in...



As you can see, the Texas Private Schools Association has had a very busy 84th legislative session with some major victories! It has been an honor and a privilege to represent private schools during this session and we look forward to continuing this important work in the interim as we prepare for the next legislative session.  Please contact us at any time to learn more about our advocacy work or how you can get more involved in our legislative efforts.  Most importantly, have a great summer and relax knowing that TPSA will continue to represent private schools and advocate on your behalf!


TPSA Workshop at Baylor University a Great Success!



On June 10th, private school leaders gathered at Baylor University for a day-long workshop.  The morning kicked off with a legislative update from TPSA and Representative Dwayne Bohac as he shared our progress with the tax credit scholarship legislation.  Executive Director Laura Colangelo also shared the details of the other bills that affected private schools that TPSA worked on this session.  TPSA expressed its appreciation for the hard work of Rep. Bohac by naming him "Legislator of the Year."


After the legislative recap, Mr. Curtis Clay of the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University in San Marcos entertained the group while sharing important school safety tips to prevent violent situations in schools.  The Texas School Safety Center is a valuable resource for not only public school safety, but they are commmited to helping private schools improve their safety standards as well.


After lunch, it was a "hands-on" afternoon with lessons on technology in the classroom.  Baylor University professors showed private school leaders the latest and greatest in instructional technology. And no workshop at Baylor is complete without a Dr. Pepper float to end the day!