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The Congressional School Choice Caucus met for the first time on Capitol Hill last month.  “Every cause has its time,” said Congressman Luke Messer (center) who chair’s the caucus.  Read more in the April issue of CAPE Outlook:
http://www.capenet.org/pdf/Outlook394.pdf
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Pre-K by conscription or choice?  That’s how John Coons, professor of law, emeritus, at the University of California at Berkeley, frames a central question in the current debate about early education policy.  Will parents be told by the government where to enroll their four-year-olds, or will they have a genuine choice of providers?

The issue is currently playing out in the U.S. Congress.  Find out more in the March issue of CAPE Outlook:
http://www.capenet.org/pdf/Outlook393.pdf
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Contentment with one’s career is a blessing to be cherished. New data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) show some significant differences in job satisfaction and perceived working conditions between teachers in private schools and their counterparts in public schools.  Teachers in private schools are more satisfied with their careers, feel more recognized and supported, and are less stressed about their job setting than teachers in public schools.  Find out more in the January issue of CAPE Outlook:
http://www.capenet.org/pdf/Outlook391.pdf
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Students in religious and independent schools showed a substantial performance advantage over students in government schools, according to the latest report cards in math and reading from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). See private school results here:
http://www.capenet.org/new.html
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Check out profiles of success from 286 public and private Blue Ribbon Schools for 2013 at:
http://www.nationalblueribbonschools.com/interactive-map-2013-schools/#.Umb6nhbmy9t
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Average SAT scores for 2013 graduates from religious and independent schools significantly exceeded the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark, a combined score of 1550 on three SAT tests (critical reading, writing, and mathematics) that is associated with success in college.  For more on this, see the October issue of CAPE Outlook:
http://www.capenet.org/pdf/Outlook388.pdf
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March 13, 2014 -- The U. S. Senate today approved S. 1086, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program.
The bill includes language proposed by the CAPE community that affirms the use of child care certificates, which are provided directly to parents for use in whatever program meets their child’s needs:  faith-based, Montessori, Waldorf, or any other public or private program.  Find out more on CAPE’s Web site:
http://www.capenet.org/new.html
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With a college degree widely regarded as a ticket to success in life, it turns out that students attending private high schools are significantly more likely than other students to attain one.  Read more in the February issue of CAPE Outlook:
http://www.capenet.org/pdf/Outlook392.pdf
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Consider it a reason to press the pause button in the push to judge schools solely by test scores. A new survey of parents shows that assessment results are not even among the top ten reasons why families choose private schools.  Find out more in the December issue of CAPE Outlook:
http://www.capenet.org/pdf/Outlook390.pdf
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A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics confirms the fact that parents who choose their child’s school are indeed more satisfied with the school and its various characteristics than parents who are assigned a school by the government.  Read more in the November issue of Outlook:
 http://www.capenet.org/pdf/Outlook389.pdf
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My parents have always chosen the schools where I must study. Mom decided the college faculty and now she has going to send me in a boarding school because she is not fulfilled by my college achievement. I'd like to choose my education but my parents forbid that drastically
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a coalition of national organizations and state affiliates serving private elementary and secondary schools
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THE COUNCIL FOR AMERICAN PRIVATE EDUCATION (CAPE) is a coalition of national organizations and state affiliates serving private elementary and secondary schools. There are over 33,000 private schools in America; in fact, one in four of the nation’s schools is a private school. More than five million students attend them.
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