Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as Hurricane Harvey data collection took precedence over kicking off the TPSA membership drive for 2017-2018.

Thank you to the members who have gone ahead and renewed online.  We appreciate you!  Membership invoices to the other private, accredited non-profit schools will go out in the next few weeks.  The enrollment form is also found here.

September Featured Schools

Congratulations to our featured schools of the month: Abundant Life Christian School in La Marque, Covenant Christian School in Conroe, Headwaters School in Austin, Pantego Christian Academy in Arlington, and Sharp Academy in Lubbock.  TPSA is proud to represent you and be the public voice for these amazing private schools.

Questions About Receiving Equitable Services For Eligible Private School Students and Staff?

The TEA Resource Page Has Answers!

The TEA Private Nonprofit  Ombudsman, Cory Green, and the Director of Private School Services, LaNetra Guess, are working hard to make sure that private schools are aware of equitable services available to students and staff. 

The first point of contact should be the local school district in which the school resides for questions on eligibility, services, and concerns. 

After consulting with the local school district, if there are questions, complaints, or issues that still need to be resolved, contact TEA at
[email protected].


David's Law (SB 179), an important piece of legislation to crack down on cyberbullying, became law on September 1st, but private schools were removed from this bill due to the work of TPSA.  This law does not pertain to us.  However, your accreditation commission may take action based on the suggestions that came from the research done to pass this bill. 

TPSA has compiled these suggestions, made them more relevant for private schools instead of public schools, and will distribute them to member schools in the next  few weeks.

Join Us in El Paso, Dallas, and Austin in October!

Join us in El Paso on Wednesday, October 4th from 11 - 1pm at St. Mark's Middle School

or if you are in Dallas on Monday, October 23rd from 12 - 2, join us at Prestonwood Christian Academy.

Both of these meetings include lunch and a discussion with legislators about private schools in the public sphere. 

You do not need to be a member of TPSA to attend.  Please email [email protected] to rsvp or for more information about either of these events. 

Also, join us in Austin on Thursday, October 12th from 11:30 to 1pm to hear Ashley Berner speak about her amazing book, No One Way to School

Dr. Berner is a good friend to TPSA and we guarantee that reading this book will change the way you think about education, both public and private.

This book takes a look at school choice education policy from an international and historical perspective.  RSVP here.

 FEMA Webinar Update

If your school was damaged by Hurricane Harvey, FEMA funds are available to help cover building repairs and debris removal as well as textbooks, furniture, office equipment, playground equipment, temporary facilities, and more:

  • The form 90-49 that was attached to a previous email will work. The one that is updated with a 2019 expiration date is attached to this email.  Email completed form to: [email protected].
  • You have 30 days from the day that your county was declared a disaster to get the form in.
  • FEMA funds only cover what insurance does not cover.
  • Document everything with pictures, invoices, lists, etc.
  • Religious schools are eligible for FEMA funds.
  • You will need to follow federal procurement and contracting requirements as well as reporting requirements.  The FEMA staffperson assigned to you will help you understand these requirements.
  • It does not need to be pre-approved.  You may submit forms for work that has been done.
  • If in doubt, go ahead and apply to see what help is available!

If you were a shelter during Hurricane Harvey:

  • You can be reimbursed for costs incurred.  You should have some kind of agreement with the city or county to be a shelter, but agreements made after the fact are accepted and paid by FEMA funds through the local government.

A policy document with everything you want to know about FEMA assistance is here.

St. John's Episcopal School in Abilene was one of many private schools that jumped in to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

TPSA is working closely with Senator John Cornyn and others to determine the possibility of private school tuition assistance for displaced students and others affected by Hurricane Harvey.  TPSA will keep you posted on developments.

New Private School Statistics and
Millenials Support School Choice

 New statistics from the Council for American Private Education report only good news for private schools.  In a survey of 1,017 U.S. adults aged 18 and older found that 71 percent of participants regarded independent schools as excellent or good, while 63 percent gave the same rating to parochial or church-related schools.

Conversely, one in five respondents thought public schools were poor.  Gallop surveyed adults with children in school and those without children in school.  The results did not vary among these groups.

Private school enrollment also jumped a striking 7 percent between 2013 and 2015, according to a government report released last month.  More details may be found about these and other private school data in the CAPE Outlook

Two recent studies (from Beck research and GenForward) found that 75% of millenials support school choice.  Support for educational options was especially high when they are targeted to low-income students. 

Thank You Sponsors!

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