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School Choice

It is the goal of SC CAPE to provide parents with financial assistance to allow them to exercise fully their right to choose their child's school—religious, private, or public.

Early Childhood Education

Legislation promoting early childhood education should support the right of parents to choose from a range of programs, including explicitly religious programs, without financial penalty. Faith-based providers and those reflecting a particular pedagogy should be able to retain the distinctive and essential elements of their programs.

ESEA

Authorization

It is the goal of SC CAPE secure improvements in the equitable distribution of services to private school students and teachers in certain programs authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as reauthorized in 2001 by the No Child Left Behind Act.

School Accreditation

Significant changes have taken place that could have consequences for the accreditation of many private schools. Almost all states, strongly encouraged by the U.S. Department of Education, are moving toward common curriculum standards along with aligned assessments. The movement in the direction of unified national standards, national tests, and national accreditation has raised concerns within the private school community, alarmed about the movement’s potential impact on diminishing the distinctive nature and autonomy of religious and independent schools.

HEA 

Re-Authorization

It is the goal of SC CAPE to To secure the equitable participation of private elementary and secondary school students and teachers in programs contained within the Higher Education Act

Educational Accountability

An accumulation of accountability mechanisms—not any single one—combines to assure the public that private schools will provide the resources and vision needed to help every enrolled student succeed. SC CAPE believes that test scores should never be allowed to become a sole or dominant indicator of achievement or failure. Educational accountability requires a much broader, long-term assessment of outcomes. These must include the family’s educational goals for its children, how students do at the next level(s) of schooling, accomplishment in life, and evidence of productive good citizenship.

Teacher Shortage

The shortage of teachers hurts all of our schools. It increases the job stress of teachers and administrators alike. It leads to increased turnover of staff, undermines curriculum quality, and hinders efforts at staff development. SC CAPE believes that addressing the growing shortage of quality teachers must become one of our nation's highest public policy priorities.

IDEA

Re-Authorization

It it the goal of SC CAPE to secure equitable services for parentally placed private school students in the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Education Savings Accounts

Education savings accounts (ESAs) allow parents to withdraw their children from public district or charter schools and receive a deposit of public funds into government-authorized savings accounts with restricted, but multiple, uses. 

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