Betsy DeVos - Nominee for the Secretary of Education and Big Supporter of School Choice



President-Elect Donald Trump appointed Betsy DeVos as the new Secretary of Education pending Senate confirmation.

Ms. DeVos, chairwoman of the American Federation for Children, is a staunch school choice advocate and a former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party.

A recent Education Week article outlined five things you should know about Betsy DeVos. 

While school choice is mostly a state issue, it can't hurt to have a federal advocate.  One of the few specific Trump education policy proposals was $20 billion for school choice efforts in the states.  This appointment is certainly one way to make that idea a reality. 

National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia has voiced criticism of the selection of DeVos, stating that she "has done more to undermine public education than support students." (The New York Times).






November Featured Schools

 

Congratulations to Alliance Christian Academy in Ft. Worth, Ascension Episcopal School in Houston, Concordia Lutheran in San Antonio, Kirby Hall School in Austin, and Wesley Prep in Dallas. These are the November featured schools for the Texas Private Schools Association!






Update!  Department of Labor New Overtime Rules Delayed

The new overtime regulations that were to go into effect on December 1st are delayed by a federal injunction by a judge in Texas. 

It is unclear how long the injunction will last, but it is likely to be after President-Elect Trump is in office. If his administration acts to kill these new regulations, then he has the authority to do so. 

What this means for private schools is that they may continue to operate under the old overtime regulations while being prepared to act quickly in case the injunction is lifted before any action is made to change these new regulations.  TPSA will keep member schools posted.






It gets bigger and better every year, and TPSA is proud to be a part of this important statement to legislators that this issue is important! 

TPSA will have buses provided this year along with an allowance for food for schools who want to attend the rally and visit legislators in the Capitol.  This is a great opportunity for schools to have the chance for a free field trip to the Capitol.  Please contact Laura - [email protected] for more information. 




 

Do You Have an Idea to Better Education in Texas?  The Rather Prize Wants to Know!!

The Rather Prize, founded by journalist Dan Rather and his grandson Martin Rather, honors students or educators who come up with innovative ways to improve education in the Lone Star State. 

Winners receive $10,000 from The Rather Prize and an additional $10,000 to implement the idea.  More information is found here.






 
 

Meeting with Legislators in Plano:
Getting Ready for Session!





On Friday, October 28th, Dallas-area legislators took time out of their busy campaign schedule to discuss the upcoming legislative session with local heads of school.  Senator Van Taylor, Representative Jeff Leach (speaking above), and Representative Matt Shaheen were on hand to give us insight into what to expect when the legislature convenes on January 10th.  Senator Taylor is committed to filing bills that allow private schools to stock unprescribed epi-pens and take part in the school marshal program, if desired.

There was also general agreement that some kind of school choice legislation will pass, but no firm idea of what the House of Representatives, the stumbling block up to this point, will allow. 

Randan Steinhauser, of EdChoice and Texans for Education Opportunity, was a guest speaker in order to elucidate all of the varied forms of school choice and how it might be implemented in Texas.  Special thank you to Dr. Larry Taylor and Prestonwood Christian Academy for hosting this event.


 


Millennials Choose Private Schools



According to a national poll conducted by EdChoice and released on October 11th, more millennials would choose a private school than any other option for their child.  This is starkly different from actual national enrollment patterns where 83% of K-12 students attend public schools in this country.  Read more about this survey and its implications on the EdChoice website or in the November CAPE newsletter.