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).
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.
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.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Department of Education is taking several concrete actions to protect religious liberty and ensure the Department is acting in accordance with the First Amendment.
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.
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.
U.S. Sentator Pat Toomey asks Governor Wolf to support the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and HB 800 that would raise the cap for credits available to $100 million.
Governor Wolf has indicated that he plans to veto the bill.
Read Pat Toomey's letter here.
Christian school administrators can request Title II, Part A funds. Local educational agencies (LEA) are fiscally responsible agents that ensure the disbursement of these funds are in accordance with federal guidelines.
For an overview of the request process and the guidelines required please follow the attached funding guide.
The House voted Tuesday to nearly double the size of a state tax credit for individuals and businesses that donate money for private school scholarships.
The bill expands the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program by $100 million, from the current $110 million per year to $210 million. The bill passed 111-85, with every Republican and four Democrats voting yea.
House Speaker Mike Turzai, the legislation’s sponsor and an ally of school choice, said the bill was about recognizing that “when it comes to education, one size does not fit all.”