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.

Coronavirus Response Act

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Mon, 03/23/2020 - 14:09

Congress Passes COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Act.
 
On March 18, the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  

This is designed to address the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on American families.  It introduces a federal mandated paid sick leave and temporarily expands the Family and Medical Leave Act.  For ACSI Christian schools this does apply; there is no exemption for private employers or nonprofits.  This will go into effect on April 2 and expires December 31, 2020.  It has two provisions that impact our Christian Schools.  

ERATE's New Cycle 2020

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Thu, 12/12/2019 - 08:47

Administrators are encouraged to take advantage of important funds available to all Christian Schools. Many Christian Schools around the country are receiving connectivity discounts for internet, WIFI, and other infrastructure improvements at a rate of several hundred dollars a student. Because of the New Rules Released recently there will be a continuation of these funds, and internal connections next year.

House Bill 1800 Tuition Grant

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Thu, 11/21/2019 - 09:42

Rep. Mike Turzai’s House Bill 1800, will bring school choice to students in the struggling Harrisburg School District. ACSIPA is requests that you contact your State Representative immediately and ask them to support
 
Test scores for the students in the district have been among the lowest in Pennsylvania for years. And for the second time in a decade, the school has been put in state receivership.