Be A 2014-2015 Texas Private Schools Association Member and be prepared for and informed about the next legislative session in Texas.

Re-enrollment can be done online for the very first time ever!  We are going to try to make it as easy as possible to renew your membership or become a member for the first time! 

There should be only one profile per school.  If you have logged in as a business manager, and you don't have full access to your profile, please contact me or the Head of School for full access login.  Please let us know if there are any issues with logging into the system 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.

and for those who have renewed your membership already....THANK YOU!



October Featured Schools


Congratulations to All Saints Episcopal School Lubbock, Christian Academy of San Antonio, Great Lakes Academy, Juan Diego Academy, and Midland Christian School.  These schools are our featured schools of the month!  They are all doing outstanding work in their own way.




The 2015 Civil Rights Today Essay and Documentary Contest is open to 12th grade students in public, private, charter, and home schools.  This contest is sponsored by the  LBJ Presidential Library, the LBJ Foundation, The University of Texas at Austin College of Education/Social Studies Program, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  Submissions portal opens on January 1, 2015 and closes on January 26, 2015. 

Winners receive a $2,500 cash award plus travel costs for the winner and her/his parent to attend the awards ceremony in April of 2015 (exact data TBA). The sponsoring teacher will also receive $1,000 award plus travel costs to attend the awards ceremony. Second place winner in both categories will receive $1,000 cash award. In addition to the prizes listed above, the winners and three finalists will each receive a signed copy of Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency, by the Director of the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum Mark Updegrove.

For more information, contact the LBJ Library


 


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!



A Few of the Legislators We Will be Meeting With in the Next Few Weeks.....
Join Us if You Can!


Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock

Rep. Eric Johnson


Rep. Scott Sanford

 

 

Texas Blue Ribbon Schools Announced!


We are so proud of member school St. Thomas More Parish School in Houston, one of the National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014!  Other schools in Texas are St. Gregory Cathedral School in Tyler and St. Laurence the Martyr Catholic School in Sugarland. 

The application for private schools for the 2015 school year can be found at this linkApply quickly because the first online registration form is due on October 30th!



Update on TEA Pre-K Grant Application Private Schools To Be Included!



Commissioner Michael Williams announced on Sept. 19th that Texas will seek federal funds for pre-k.  The Texas Private Schools Association has been in close contact with the TEA and other interested parties to make sure that private schools are not overlooked in this pre-k expansion effort.  We received word just before the application deadline of October 14th that the TEA will seek funds to be distributed not just to local public districts, but partnerships with private schools as well as certificates for parents to use in private preschools will be a significant part of the grant application.

 

Federal Funds


 Are you accessing the federal funds that your private school students are generating?  There are no strings attached to these programs that provide your students with equitable services.  See below for more information.

What are Equitable Services?
A Primer 

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires local education agencies (LEAs) to provide for the equitable participation of private school students, teachers, and parents in certain programs. 


Title I A-Improving Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged


Public school districts are required to seek out the private schools in their area and offer them the opportunity to participate in services equivalent to those provided to public school students, teachers and parents. All aspects of participation must be determined through the consultation process and must consider the needs of the private school students. Funds for services are based on the number of students from low income families who reside in an LEA Title I attendance zone.  Various methods may be used to determine your equitable share of Title I dollars.  You receive services, not money.  The LEA acts as the fiscal agent. The money follows the student; the district where the child resides provides the funding and program.  For example, if a qualifying student resides in District A and attends private school in District B, District A is the responsible party.


Once the funding amount has been determined, students are selected for services based on academic need.  Programs for private schools operate under the Child Benefit theory-students are recipients of services not the school. Students receive services in the value of the equitable portion of funds.  Students must exhibit academic need and live in a Title I attendance zone.  Income is not a factor when determining who receives services. All students who qualify might not receive services.  Students and schools are rank ordered according to need, and those with the most need are selected. Services supplement the regular program and may include small group instruction, tutoring, computer assisted instruction, materials, teacher training, and parent workshops.

We are here to help!  For more information contact [email protected]


 



Our partner Smart Tuition will be travelling with us as we meet with Heads of School and Legislators all over the state to make sure that private school issues are heard! 

Please join us in Plano on Friday, October 24th at Prestonwood Christian Academy to meet with many local state representatives. 

In Austin at St. Andrew's Episcopal School on Tuesday, October 28th we will sit down with State Represnetative Jimmie Don Aycock who chairs the House Public Education Committee. 

In Houston at Houston Christian High School on Tuesday, November 11th we will meet with more local state representatives to learn more about what to expect in the upcoming legislative session.

Leaders from private schools in Texas are welcome at each event.  Please let us know if you have not rsvp'd, but you would like to attend a meeting!  [email protected]



Rep. Dwayne Bohac, Rep. Van Taylor, Rep. Ron Simmons