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  • 01 Apr 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Displaying Read the latest issue of CAPE Outlook featuring articles about:

    • Education Secretary DeVos's Meeitng with CAPE leaders
    • House Ed Committee Chairwoman Foxx's meeting with CAPE leaders
    • Leadership changes
    • CAPE growth
    • SCOTUS rules
    • Trump visits.... and more.
  • 17 Mar 2017 8:57 AM | Anonymous

    The Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools Office is hiring an OSP Field Specialist who would be responsible for raising awareness of the OSP, building community relationships, and increasing advocacy and use of the program. The position is part time (approximately 25 hours per week) and would support local grass roots efforts to boost applications to the Opportunity Scholarship Program. 

    Please refer parents or community members to the online application

    This position would support efforts of all schools that participate in the OSP, so please spread the word! 

    For more information, contact Brian Radziwill at radziwillb@adw.org or 301-853-5357.

  • 17 Feb 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous


    Sheryl confirmed receipt of our DC CAPE letter regarding the state’s requirement to appoint an ombudsman responsible for monitoring and enforcing equitable services in private schools. OSSE has not responded to this letter, but it is open to a meeting with DC CAPE representative. If you have any feedback on qualifications/recommendations for OSSE’s hiring of an ombudsman for equitable services to private schools or if you would like to be a part of the conversation, please contact Brian Radziwill at radziwillb@adw.org or 301-853-5357.


    Sheryl Hamilton (OSSE) confirmed that DCPS must calculate FY 18 allocations for Title I and Title IIA based on new formulas in ESSA and not as they were calculated in FY 17 under NCLB. OSSE will provide DCPS with guidance on how to do this so there are no set asides off the top. We do not know how this may affect funding for next year, but each school’s funding may increase due to the formula changes. Stay tuned and pay special attention to your allocations and how those funds were calculated.

    Title I

    For next school year, DCPS will consider proposals to use Title I funds for different types of services beyond Reading and Math services, including STEM, social studies, and career tech. Needs Assessments from DCPS will be forthcoming. DCPS sent out an e-mail (“SY17-18 Instructional Services”) to private school administrators on 3/15/17 to begin to try and solicit feedback from Title I participating schools in regards to program design for next school year. This is a good year to examine your school’s current program design and its effectiveness and make appropriate changes to drive student gains.

    Title IIA

    It was shared that Title IIA funds will not be restricted to professional development. It is also possible that additional school staff such as social workers, psychiatrists, and therapists can access Title IIA funds for professional development. We have requested and are awaiting the Powerpoint slides on Sheryl Hamilton’s presentation so that we can share this information.

    OSSE State Plan for ESSA

    Every state has to submit a state plan for ESSA to the Department of Education either in March or July. OSSE has chosen to submit their state plan by the end of March. We requested that provisions of the state plan pertaining to Equitable Services in private schools be shared with us, but have not yet received them from OSSE.

  • 06 Jan 2017 9:03 AM | Anonymous

    Private school parents are significantly more satisfied with the schools their children attend than are parents from other sectors, including public charter schools and public district schools. That finding comes from two new studies released by Education Next, a scholarly journal on school reform published by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School.

    The first study looked at results from a survey, commissioned by Education Next in May and June of 2016, of a nationally representative sample of 1,571 parents with children in school. The second study analyzed results from a survey of over 17,000 families conducted in 2012 by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The second study's larger sample size allowed for a deeper dive into population subgroups.

    Read more about both studies in the January Issue of CAPEOutlook.

  • 01 Jan 2017 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    The Office of Non-Public Education is hosting a webinar on the recently released Non-Regulatory Guidance: Fiscal Changes and Equitable Services Requirements Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as Amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The webinar is designed to address changes to the equitable services provisions in Title I and Title VIII of the ESEA as amended by the ESSA. The guidance document supports State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and both public and private school officials in implementing the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA.

    When: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 2:00 pm 

    Duration: 1 hour

    Registration: Registration is required to join this event. If you have not registered, please click HERE to register.

  • 15 Nov 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 2016 DC CAPE fall welcome back breakfast.We had a very interesting array of speakers who covered local, state and federal policy issues concerning private schools. We hope you'll join us next time. And keep up with the latest info on DC CAPE by following us on Facebook!

    Michael Scott with the DC Catholic Conference, new President of DC CAPE, welcomes DC CAPE members back!

    George Tryfiates with Association of Christian Schools International gives DC CAPE members an update on reauthorization of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.

    Brian Radziwill with the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools Offices updates DC CAPE members on changes to equitable services available to private schools under the new ESSA. Click here to read his full presentation.

    Michael Scott, with the DC Catholic Conference, new President of DC CAPE, welcomes DC CAPE members back!

    Brian Radziwill with the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools Offices updates DC CAPE members on the eligible services available to private schools in the new ESSA.

    George Tryfiates with Association of Christian School International gives DC CAPE members an update on reauthorization of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.

  • 01 Jan 2015 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Learn about a recent federal report on crime and safety in schools, how Marco Rubio and Condoleezza Rice are promoting parent choice, an expert discussion on school accountability, and possible terms for a "school war truce" between liberals and conservatives.

    Read the issue here.
  • 02 Dec 2014 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    Learn about the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform, strides made in the mid-term elections, the bell award, and forty years and 400 issues of CAPE Outlook.

    Read the issue here.
  • 06 Nov 2014 3:09 PM | Anonymous
    Learn about private school students boosting national SAT scores, a webinar that helps schools develop a value narrative, professional development via satellite broadcast, and how private schools can help heal religious divisions.

    Read the issue here.

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