CAPE Board Meeting Sept 2018


Report prepared by Mussarut Jabeen, ISLA Board Member

Below are some highlights from the Council of American Private Education (CAPE) biannual board meeting held in Washington, DC on September 17-18, 2018. All schools are highly encouraged to take advantage of the resources that are mentioned in this report.


Equitable Services & Funding for Private SchoolsFunding

Funding is the quintessential challenge of Islamic schools. Here are some resources you have available to you as a private school. (PS, your state ombudsman can also provide some assistance with obtaining these funds).

Title I, II-A, IV Funds 

  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was reauthorized and updated
    • New law includes provisions championed by CAPE to improve equitable services to private schools
  • To ensure equitable participation, the LEA (Local Education Agency) or other entity receiving federal financial assistance must:
    1. Assess, address and evaluate the needs of private school students and teachers
    2. Spend an equal amount of funds per student to provide services
    3. Provide private students and teachers with opportunity to participate in activities equivalent to opportunity of public school students and teachers
  • For a detailed report please visit:


    • Hurricane or Disaster Relief Funds for schools
    • More info, including eligibility and application process for affected schools

Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) Funds

    • Violence Protection/Mental Health Training, Threat Assessments Training for Non-Profit Organizations
    • Available if a district gets the grant
    • Schools should check with district to obtain sub-grant

E-Rate Program

  • Run by Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • May request funding in five categories of service:
    • Telecommunications
    • Telecommunications Services
    • Internet Access
    • Internal Connections
    • Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections
  • Schools can apply for this, but the funding is now given to the providers, not directly to the schools
  • Applications can be found here


Resources for Private Schools

Group Knowledge

A range of resources includes those provided by government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Education, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other private organizations can be found at

The topics include:



Other Topics

  • Tax Reforms:
    • Eligible non-profit organizations that can receive tax-credited charitable donations include educational institutions, community organizations, training institutes, community colleges, scholarship groups, and nonprofits affiliated with labor unions and labor-management committees

apple on books NDP was established in 1984 to recognize elementary and middle level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staffs in their learning communities.

  • ISLA will be sending information via their email listserv (IECN) on applying for ISLA Distinguished Principals
  • Principals will be nominated for the National Distinguished Principals Program based on criteria established by ISLA and NAESP
  • Criteria established by ISLA and NAESP require that the individual is a practicing principal with at least five years experience in the principalship, who plans to continue as a practicing principal. The principal must demonstrate evidence of outstanding contributions to the community and to the education profession and should lead a school that:
    1. Must be a member of NAESP at the time of nomination and maintain membership through the conclusion of the NAESP Award Ceremony
    2. Has been a building principal (not assistant principal) for 5 years
    3. Is clearly committed to excellence
    4. Has programs designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students
    5. Has firm ties to parents and the community



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