Council for American Private Education

Voice of America's Private Schools

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Publications & Resources



Private Education:

Good for Students,
Good for Families,
Good for America

This tri-fold brochure makes the case for private education in America. Cost: Free for PDF version.

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Private Schools and the No Child Left Behind Act.

This 75-page resource describes the No Child Left Behind Act and the services available to students and teachers in private schools. Cost: Free.

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Children with Disabilities Placed by Their Parents in Private Schools: An IDEA practices Toolkit.

The toolkit was developed to help parents, private school officials, and public school officials understand the provisions of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that relate to children with disabilities who have been placed by their parents in private schools. Cost: Free. Download Toolkit

Advisory: When the toolkit went to press (July 2003), the U.S. House of Representatives had approved legislation to reauthorize the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act and the Senate was taking up its own version of the legislation. The House bill included significant changes in provisions relating to IDEA services to children placed by their parents in private schools, and those changes or others may make their way into the final law. To keep the toolkit up to date, any changes in the law, regulations, and U.S. Department of Education guidance relating to services for parentally placed children in private schools will be posted on the Toolkit Update Page of CAPE's Web site.

Distinguished Practices of Distinguished Schools.

Find out how exemplary private schools approach curriculum, professional development, school culture, leadership, family involvement, character education, assessment. Cost: Free.

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Publications and Resources Outside CAPE

Private Schools: A Brief Portrait. This report from the National Center for Education Statistics "examines private schools, how they differ by type (Catholic, other religious, and nonsectarian), and how they differ from public schools."

Private School Universe Survey, 2009. This report from the National Center for Education Statistics "presents data on private schools with grades kindergarten through twelve by selected characteristics such as school size, school level, religious orientation, geographic region, community type, and program emphasis."

State Regulation of Private Schools: July 2009. This publications by the Office of Non-Public Education at the U.S. Department of Education "provides a brief description, by state, of the legal requirements that apply to private schools."

Office of Non-Public Education, U.S. Department of Education. "Our mission is to represent the interests, activities and needs of the private elementary and secondary school community at the U.S. Department and to consult with the private school community on the participation of students and teachers in programs and initiatives of U.S. Department of Education."

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