PACAPE Teacher & Admin Nominations Open

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Tue, 01/15/2019 - 08:51

PACAPE recognizes the value of effective teaching and leadership that promotes proficiency in student learning and influences the school with positive culture.

Nominations are open now!

More information is found in the attached flyer.

We are in the last days of submissions for the PACAPE Teacher and Administrator awards.

Submit quality nominees now at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/pacapeteacheraward

Registration Exemption EITC Position

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Thu, 01/10/2019 - 08:58

The staff of the Office of Corporation released the following position statement in regards to EITC and Special Purpose Entities (SPE). SPE's exemption from registration requirements include several criteria including:

-SPE is registered under Pennsylvania law;
-SPE was created for the sole purpose of making contributions to educational institutions;
-That 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the units is used as a donation

Please read the attached for more information.

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School Safety Resource Guide

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:32

Federal Commission on School Safety Releases Comprehensive Resource Guide for Keeping Students, Teachers Safe at School

After months of research, visiting successful programs around the nation, and receiving testimony from experts and concerned citizens, today the Federal Commission on School Safety (Commission) released a 177-page report detailing 93 best practices and policy recommendations for improving safety at schools across the country.

IRS SALT Public Hearing

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Thu, 11/08/2018 - 09:34

George Tryfiates, Director for Government Affairs of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), shares his comments in regards to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), Docket ID IRS-2018-0025, Contributions in Exchange for State or Local Tax Credits (REG-112176-18).

He urges the Treasury to address its valid concerns outlined in NPRM and to preserve federal charitable tax deductions to state tax credit scholarship programs as they are. He urges those involved to leave the programs unhindered.

George's full hearing presentation is attached below.

CAPE Outlook

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:37

On August 27, CAPE submitted comments to the state of New York opposing the Department of Education’s(NYSED) proposed “substantial equivalency” regulations. Under those regulations, public school officials would inspect private schools to determine whether the education being provided is satisfactory.

Read more about this issue in the September edition of CAPE Outlook.

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School Health Updates

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Fri, 10/26/2018 - 15:18

In order to keep you informed of PA's Health changes, we have provided this resource.

1) The Department of Health’s website has changed:

The website may be reached at the following link https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/school/Pages/School%20Health.aspx

The Division of School Health no longer has the capability to make entries/changes to the website but may ask the person with that capability to make entries.

PA Regulations for Health Care regarding Gender Change procedures - ADF

Submitted by merle_skinner on Sun, 09/23/2018 - 00:45

On April 30, 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance (DOI) issued a “Notice Regarding Nondiscrimination” directed at health insurance companies doing business in the Commonwealth. The DOI Notice forbids health insurance companies from selling policies that “discriminate” on the basis of gender identity. Insurers may not sell policies that exclude “gender transition,” including the administration of hormones and “sex reassignment” surgery.

ACSI Reservation of Rights for Lunch Programming

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:12

The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) has sent a Reservation of Rights letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the free and reduced lunch program to help support ACSI Christian Schools' rights for those participating in the Hot Lunch and food programs. The renewals for these programs should not be hindered by a nondiscrimination statement that is contrary to a schools beliefs or tenants of faith. ACSI recognizes the importance of observing the proper church-state boundaries between the Pennsylvania Department of Education and our member schools.

EITC / OSTC: Nondiscrimination Statement Removed

Submitted by shannon_gottschalk on Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:44

The administration and DCED have removed the nondiscrimination statement that included gender, gender identity and sexual expression language from the EITC and OSTC guidelines and applications. This is a significant blessing from God. If you are a scholarship organization, the forms are updated on the website and we can participate once again in these incredibly important programs to our families in good faith.

Consider and pray about several things that the DCED very pointed example makes clear:

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