Have you renewed your membership for 2015-2016?  If not, it is time!

Applications may be found at www.texasprivateschools.org

Members may login to renew. 

Join your fellow private schools in Texas in order to be a part of the association that protects and represents private schools in the legislature.

All TEPSAC-accredited, non-profit private schools are eligible to join, and membership is NOT included with accreditation.



November Featured Schools



Congratulations to Good Shepherd Episcopal School in Dallas, Incarnate Word High School in San Antonio, St. James Episcopal School in Corpus Christi, Waco Baptist Academy, and Wesley Academy in Houston.  These schools are our featured schools of the month! 

Visit TPSA on Facebook to see more details about these fine schools!





Sign up today for a free box of National School Choice Week event supplies!  You can use these materials – which include up to 50 yellow fleece scarves, signs, lapel stickers, and more – to celebrate the achievements of your students, teachers, and staff during National School Choice Week in January. Visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com/schools to sign up. Deadline is November 25th!

National School Choice Week is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort designed to shine a positive spotlight on great schools like yours. It is also the world’s largest annual celebration of opportunity in education.

Mark your calendars for Friday, January 29th on the south steps of the Capitol.  Busing is available for interested schools.  Please contact [email protected] for more information. 


 

Private School Students More Likely To Be Ready for College

Students with diplomas from private schools are considerably more ready for college-level work than those with diplomas from other types of schools according to data from the ACT, which produces a standardized test for college admission of the same name.  Average ACT scores of private school students well exceeded the national average and a comparison with public schools is shown in the chart below.  These higher scores also tracked along every racial and ethnic subgroup.  One factor that contributes to these higher scores is the number of students taking an advanced curriculum described as four or more years of English combined with three or more years of math, social studies, and natural science.  For more information, see the Outlook produced by the Council for American Private Education.




 
Interim Charges - School Choice Included in House and Senate Charges





 

Speaker of the House Joe Straus on left, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick on right

For the first time, both the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House of Representatives have included school choice in their interim charges to study in anticipation of the 85th legislative session in 2017.  The House is charged with "studying ways to increase parental choice in education, and review the successes and failures of school choice programs in other states. Examine the benefits and costs of implementing such a program in Texas.  Recommend whether an expansion of school choice in Texas is needed, and suggest ways to ensure that any school receiving public support is held accountable for its academic and financial performance."



Lt. Governor Patrick continues to make school choice a priority for his administration.  He suggests that the Education Committee study school choice programs enacted in states across the nation, examining education savings accounts and tax credit scholarship programs in particular. They will examine the implementation process used in other states and what impact these programs have had on student academics and state and local district budgets.  They will make recommendations on which choice plan could best serve Texas students. 

TPSA will be there every step of the way in this process to make sure that the school choice proposals provide opportunities for more children to have a private school experience while ensuring that private schools are able to continue their important work with independence and autonomy.