Legislative Advocacy

MA CAPE has several priorities for this legislative session, most of which are focused on ensuring that nonpublic schools can access health and safety related programs and support.  Please see below for a more detailed description of each of our priorities. Beyond these specific priorities, MA CAPE seeks to preserve parents’ right to direct the education of their children and to preserve the independence of nonpublic schools. To achieve these goals, MA CAPE works to build strong relationships with lawmakers and to build understanding of the important contributions of nonpublic schools and the families and students they serve.

• School Health and Mental Health Services:  MA CAPE is advocating for increased funding for school nurses and mental health counselors in nonpublic schools.

• Safety and Security: MA CAPE is working to ensure that nonpublic schools will be included in state level school safety initiatives.

• Early Childhood Education: MA CAPE is a member of the Common Start Coalition supporting increased funding for early education programs and increased subsidies for families (HD 2794 / SD 667). MA CAPE is also working to ensure that nonpublic schools will be represented on the state’s Early Education and Care Advisory Board. 

• Universal School Lunch Program: MA CAPE supports efforts to make the universal free lunch program permanent in Massachusetts and to continue to include private schools in that program (HD 766 / SD 1013) 

Federal Education Programs Support:

• MA CAPE partners closely with the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) on the federal education programs and the COVID relief programs such as the Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools (EANS) Program.  

• MA CAPE also organizes the statewide private school activities for the Title IIA and IV programs in partnership with DESE. 

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