Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Office of Innovation and Improvement's, Office of Non-Public Education, is issuing this guidance to provide states and local education agencies (LEAs), private school officials and the private school community with information to assist them in understanding the scope of federal education services and benefits available to private school students, teachers and, in some programs, parents under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This guidance also provides responses to frequently asked questions concerning private schools and federal education programs.ONPE/ Communicating with national, state and local education agencies and associations on nonpublic education topics; Office of Non-Public Education (ONPE) Non-Public Education Organizations disclaimer Disclaimer The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Association of Military Colleges and Schools (AMCSUS) American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) American Montessori Society Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Association Montessori International, USA Association of Waldorf Schools of North America Christian Schools International (CSI) Council for American Private Education (CAPE) Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Friends Council on Education Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) Islamic Schools League of America Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) National Association of Episcopal Schools National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) National Association of Private Special Education Centers National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) National Christian Schools Association National Coalition of Girls' Schools National Independent Private Schools Association Seventh-day Adventist Schools Solomon Schechter Day Schools Association Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) ONPE Mission and Activities ONPE fosters maximum participation of nonpublic school students and teachers in federal education programs and initiatives. Since the initial passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1965, private school students and teachers have been eligible to participate in certain federal education programs. ONPE's activities reflect this mission and direction by: Representing the U.S. Department of Education to the nonpublic school community; Offering advice and guidance within the Department on all matters affecting nonpublic education; Communicating with national, state and local education agencies and associations on nonpublic education topics; Communicating the interests and concerns of the nonpublic school community to the Department; Providing parents with information regarding education options for their children; and Providing technical assistance, workshops and publications.


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