PACAPE Report Spring 2021

Submitted by admin on Fri, 03/12/2021 - 10:02
PACAPE represents a significant amount of the private school community in PA, and as such is primarily a supportive, networking organization driven by Private School Associations. It is very positively recognized in the public policy community in PA as representing the diverse communities within the private school community. With a small budget, but highly committed participants, it accomplishes a lot that individual Associations cannot do. 2020 has provided our Association several challenges and opportunities that are highlighted in our spring report.

Pennsylvania Education Tax Credits

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Fri, 02/26/2021 - 10:49

Take control of your PA state tax dollars and fund scholarships for faith-based education. A collaboration with Christian School Association of Greater Harrisburg and ACSI SPE has developed resources that outline how your school can connect with contributors and move from concept to contribution. 

Please see the attached document.

PA Transportation for Private Schools

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Wed, 08/12/2020 - 09:44

ACSI and its member schools in Pennsylvania are communication with local school districts regarding PA transportation for private schools. This communication is to request each district's plan to provide transportation for students who reside in the districts who are attending private school.

The full letter has been attached below:


Help Students Get Back on Track: ESA

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:40

Parents were faced school closures this spring and uncertainty ahead this fall.  Consequently, their kids' education has been impacted significantly. Parents are looking for help to get their children back on track.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering legislation that would empower eligible families to meet the challenges that lay ahead by providing them with $1,000 per child, which can be used for approved education expenses. 


COVID-19 Health and Safety Grant

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Tue, 06/23/2020 - 11:32

The Intermediate Unit 1 conducted a online meeting June 16th to introduce and assist non-public schools as they apply for the COVID-19 Health and Safety Grant. You will find attachments outlining the application process, a template and a school reopening planning matrix below.

If you are interested in being included in the grant application, please submit your letter of support no later than Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Please find below the link to the CDC website containing cleaning guidelines when reopening:

CARES Act ESSER Funds Highjacked by PA DOE

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Tue, 05/26/2020 - 15:10

Pennsylvania received $471 million in funding from Washington. However, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) created its own set of rules to distribute that money in a manner that blatantly ignores federal guidance. Gov. Wolf and the PA Department of Education are looking to take most of the funding that Congress wants distributed equitably to ALL students. The end result significantly lowers the amount of money to be passed onto Christian schools and non-public school students.

CARES Act & Education Relief Fund

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Wed, 04/22/2020 - 13:13

Congress set aside approximately $3 billion of the $30.75 billion allotted to the Education Stabilization Fund through the CARES Act for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEERF).  The Department will award these grants ­to States (governor’s offices) based on a formula stipulated in the legislation. (1) 60% on the basis of the State’s relative population of individuals aged 5 through 24. (2) 40% on the basis of the State’s relative number of children counted under section 1124(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).

Nonpublic School Quarterly

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Mon, 04/13/2020 - 03:32

This meeting covered the Equitable Service Ombudsman as required under ESEA sections 1117 (a)(3)(B) and 8501 (a)(3)(B), reviewed statewide consultation meetings, including the goal for each consultation, the transferability of authority and equitable participation, guidance and upcoming trainings.

Please read the following attachment for more information regarding the NP Quarterly meeting.