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ICNS Featured Schools

Illinois State Board of Education Second
Annual Public/Nonpublic Conference

CAPE Action on
Title II-A

How the Tax Bill Affects Independent Schools

ISBE Update - Recognition in IWAS for 2017-2018

October 2017 Ombudsman Update

Invest in Kids Act of 2017

Tax Credit Scholarship Program Key Facts

Grant Accountability & Transparency Act (GATA)

Public Act 99-0922 Lead in Water Testing

As a member school of ICNS, click here for a memo providing initial guidance to schools in complying with PA99-0922, specifically testing for lead in water in Pre-K through grade 5 schools. Further guidance will be forthcoming in the near future.


2017 Blue Ribbon Schools Named

CAPE Outlook
April 2018

President Signs Omnibus Spending
Bill Affecting Private Schools

President Signs Omnibus Spending Bill Affecting Private Schools

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This useful tool, provided by the National Center for Educational Statistics, allows a user to locate a private school throughout the USA using a variety of search criteria.


To learn more about benefits available to private schools students, teachers and other personnel, visit the U.S. Department of Education Office of Nonpublic Education


Click here for more information related to Nonpublic Education in Illinois

Federal Labor Law Posters
A school may obtain (at no cost) the required posters that reflect the federal laws governing employers. Click here to order your posters.

Link to CAPE’s  “Benefits of Private Education” brochure: http://www.capenet.org/benefits4.html

Illinois Nonpublic School Key Links:
Illinois State Board of Education

Federal Nonpublic Key Links:
U.S. Department of Education (USDOE)
Council for American Private Education (CAPE)
National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)

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Ad Hoc Committee for Illinois Home Education

Agudath Israel of America

Alternative Schools Network

Archdiocese of Chicago (Catholic)

Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago

Association of Christian Schools International

Association of Illinois Montessori Schools

Catholic Conference of Illinois

Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF)

Christian Schools International

Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC)

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Evangelical Lutheran - Wisconsin Synod

Illinois Association of Christian Schools

Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools

Lutheran Schools - Central Illinois District - LCMS

Lutheran Schools - Northern Illinois District - LCMS

Lutheran Schools - Southern Illinois District - LCMS

North Shore Montessori Schools

Seventh-Day Adventist Illinois Conference

Solomon Schechter Day Schools of Metropolitan Chicago




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