PA CAPE supports and advocates quality nonpublic education for its affiliated schools.

NonPublic Health and Safety Grant

The IU1 recently held a meeting on the NonPublic Health and Safety grant that has some information that may be helpful to you. If you are interested, you can watch the recorded meeting and view their PowerPoint presentation. If you want to be included in the grant application, please submit your letter of support no later than Tuesday, June 30.

* CDC cleaning guidelines for reopening

* EPA list of disinfectants to use to mitigate COVID-19

CARES Act ESSER Funds Highjacked by PA DOE

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.

Please take a few minutes to respond to the voter's voice below and contact your legislator:

You can find a sample consultation letter here.

Nonpublic School Quarterly

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 this document for more information regarding the NP Quarterly meeting.

Senator Pat Toomey Named School Choice Champion!

PACAPE was pleased to have the opportunity to present Senator Pat Toomey with this year's School Choice Champion award! The Senator was unable to be there for the ceremony, so Larissa Bailey, the senator’s Regional Manager for Central Pennsylvania, accepted the award on his behalf. Thank you Senator Toomey for your leadership in the area of school choice and advancing private education.

School Choice Champion Awards to Mark Pennsylvania School Choice Week

“Clarification: Senator Toomey is unable to join us tomorrow in Lancaster, as he has obvious obligations in Washington D.C. Accepting the award on Senator Toomey’s behalf will be Larissa Bailey who serves as the senator’s Regional Manager for Central Pennsylvania.”
LANCASTER (Jan. 15, 2020) – Hundreds of private school administrators and community leaders will attend the Pennsylvania Affiliate of the Council on Private Education’s (PACAPE) presentation of the 2019 School Choice Champion Award at 9 a.m. on Jan. 24.

The award event will take place at the Association of Christian Schools International’s Administrators Conference at the Doubletree Resort by Hilton Lancaster Willow Valley. The ceremony will honor Sen. Pat Toomer for his leadership at the national level in the area of school choice and advancing private education. The event will feature remarks by leaders of PACAPE.

This event is planned to coincide with the history-making celebration of National School Choice Week 2020, which will feature more than 50,000 school choice events across all 50 states.

“We are excited to present this year’s award to Sen. Toomey and celebrate a school choice hero,” said Dr. D. Merle Skinner, executive director of PACAPE. “This award recognizes how the senator, along with many other leaders in the Commonwealth, have promoted programs that support families who are best served by a diversity of quality education options, each of which brings unique gifts to the table.”

The Doubletree Resort by Hilton Lancaster Willow Valley is located at 2400 Willow Street Pike.

PACAPE promotes the vital role of private schools in Pennsylvania education and their significant contributions to educating the public and promoting the common good.

For more information, contact Dr. D. Merle Skinner at or (724) 557-2675, or visit

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As a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort, National School Choice Week shines a positive spotlight on effective education options for students, families, and communities around the country. From January 26 through February 1, 2020, more than 50,000 independently-planned events will be held in celebration of the Week. For more information, visit