TPSA is formerly known as TANS (The Texas Association of Non-Public Schools).

Same commitment to maintaining the autonomy and independence of private schools, same public voice for private schools.

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.

November Featured Schools

Congratulations to Discovery School Montessori Education, Keystone School, St. Clement's Parish School, The Woodlands Christian Academy, and Trinity Christian Academy. 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.

The Department of Homeland Security is offering a class called "Multihazard Planning for Schools" at no cost to public and private schools.  FEMA pays for round-trip airfare for participants, picks them up at the airport, and drives them to campus where they are housed at no cost in Homeland Security Emergency Management Institute.  The dates this course is offered are: January 20-22, March 24-26, June 29 - July 1, and July 21-23. 

TPSA is working on putting together groups of private school leaders to apply.  Our contact at the School Safety Center at Texas State has offered to complete our applications for us, which is a great service!  Please contact us at [email protected] if your school is interested in participating.  TPSA member schools will have priority in this application process. 

The Environmental Protection Agency has also granted money to Texas public and private schools for any asbestos remediation that still need to be taken care of.  The state has about $145,000 to be distributed to schools.  Please contact TPSA if you believe that you would like to apply for this grant.

Take Care of Texas, a program of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and Samsung Austin Semiconductor have teamed up to invite K-5 students in Texas to submit their artwork of how they, along with their friends and family, help keep the air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste.

One grand-prize winner will receive a Samsung laptop, and 15 students will win a Samsung tablet. One lucky teacher of the 16 winners will be selected to also win a Samsung tablet. The contest begins January 5, 2015; artwork must be received by March 6, 2015. For more exciting details and to download the contest rules and entry form, visit

For a new anthology, In Fact Books is seeking true stories exploring and reflecting on the process of becoming a teacher.  "Becoming a Teacher" will present readers with the world of education from the perspective of elementary and secondary school teachers, recalling and reflecting on the most salient moments of their careers.  

They are looking for stories that, collectively, represent a wide variety of teachers and teaching experiences. Stories should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning.  All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. 

Submission Guidelines:  Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,500 words. Multiple submissions are welcome. You may submit essays online or by regular mail. Postmark deadline March 9, 2015. Check the website for more submission details.


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!  We do have a budget to provide buses to and from the Capitol that day

Please contact [email protected] for more information about joining us to celebrate private education in Texas!



Informative District Meetings

Thank you so much to our legislators and private school leaders who joined us in Plano, Austin, and Houston for district meetings discussing the upcoming legislative session.  The tax credit scholarship legislation was a hot topic of discussion.  In the November CAPE Update, there is a feature about this legislation in Texas directing interested parties to our video on the TPSA website.

There is a Senate Education Committee interim charge hearing on school choice programs TODAY, Monday, November 17th beginning at 10am.  Feel free to watch live online or watch later at the Texas Legislature Online in the Senate hearing archives.  We will be tweeting (@TXPrivateSchool) and posting on Facebook from the hearing.

The public is always welcome to attend, and we love having private school people in the audience!  We are also often looking for private school leaders to testify.  Please email us at [email protected] to be added to the email notification list to get alerts for hearings and specific information about testifying or simply attending.  Please feel free to join us any time!  The greater presence we have, the more influence we will have!

Representatives Scott Sanford and Ron Simmons

Representative Dwayne Bohac

TPSA Executive Director Laura Colangelo getting private school leader feedback on legislative priorities.

SAT Scores - Public and Private Schools

While the recent news about the Texas public school SAT scores was not encouraging, nationally private schools continue to outscore its public school peers.  More information is found in the CAPE newsletter.


Federal Funds

So, What About Title II?

Title II A, Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting, provides professional development (PD) funds for private school teachers and administrators. The amount provided to schools is determined based on the number of students enrolled in the private school, regardless of where they reside.

Use of the funds is determined during consultation with the local school district. The PD program for the private school does not have to be the same as that for the public school. Rather, it should reflect the needs of the private school(s). Materials and equipment are allowable expenditures to the extent they are directly related to carrying out the PD activity. Title II funds can be used for teachers to attend a conference sponsored by a faith-based organization to the extent that sessions are part of the teachers’/schools’ PD plan. Federal funds can be used to pay for the portion of costs that are secular. 

The main points to remember when requesting use of the funds: the activity is part of a comprehensive PD plan and it is “reasonable and necessary.”  For example, a request by a private school teacher to attend a math workshop in China (yes, this really was a request) was not approved because it is not reasonable.

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.