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Public Policy & Advocacy Summit 2024


Join us in Washington, D.C.! Our annual Public Policy and Advocacy Summit will be held in Washington, DC, September 16-18. This year's special professional development summit will include panel discussions on important legislative issues, special guest speakers, and so much more. Limited seats are available, so register now!

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About ACSI Public Policy and Legal Affairs

ACSI identifies, analyzes, and works with a broad array of legal, regulatory, and legislative issues. The team is led by P. George Tryfiates, Vice President for Public Policy & Legal Affairs, located outside Washington, D.C. and responsible for policy matters with a focus on federal issues. Philip Scott, Vice President for Legal Affairs, also outside Washington, D.C., handles legal and legislative matters, including helping schools navigate legal questions. The team is joined by Dr. Jay McCurry, National Director for State Advocacy, based in Oklahoma, who is responsible for equipping heads of schools to engage in state-level policy in their state capitals. Rebecca VanDeMark, Public Policy & Legal Affairs Specialist is in upstate New York; she assists with school ministry, writing, research and connecting the department with the wider ACSI community.

The PPLA Team hosts an annual Public Policy and Advocacy Summit held in Washington, D.C. and produces the Legal Legislative Update, a publication that is mailed to member schools three times annually. PPLA’s Key 16 Prayer Card is a popular resource to help school leaders, teachers, students, and school communities pray for those in civil authority. ACSI’s Legal Defense Reimbursement Program (LDRP) is an outstanding resources that gives schools access to discounted legal consultation.

Legislative Tracking


ACSI tracks U.S. federal and state legislative efforts that have the potential to impact your school.

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Advocacy Initiatives

ACSI urges Christian schools to be proactive to protect a space for Christian education and further its goals both nationally and internationally. Follow legislation, key court cases, media and public events.

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Policy Resources

The Public Policy & Legal Affairs Department has collected nearly 400 articles, checklists, and templates for member school use.

This is a member benefit resource.

Policy Resources

Legal Legislative Update (LLU)


The LLU is a trade journal dedicated to legal and legislative issues concerning non-profit religious education and its related subtopics, with an emphasis in K–12 education.

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Legal Legislative Update (LLU)

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Legal Defense Reimbursement Program (LDRP)

LDRP 2021

ACSI has consistently looked for opportunities to assist member schools with practical, affordable services. As a result of seeing member schools face various legal actions involving employees or students, ACSI developed the Legal Defense Reimbursement Program.

Legal Defense Reimbursement Program (LDRP)



Watch this video to learn how the Public Policy and Legal Affairs team helped Johnstown Christian School in Pennsylvania.

Public Policy & Advocacy Team

GeorgeP. George Tryfiates

Vice President for Public Policy & Legal Affairs

P. George Tryfiates is ACSI’s Vice President for Public Policy & Legal Affairs in Washington, DC. He has filled multiple roles in public policy throughout his career in D.C., including one as executive director for over 13 years of a national Christian public policy organization and, earlier, as the first full-time executive director of a state-level Christian public policy organization. The latter he helped to transition from its volunteer base in one part of the state to the state capital. George has participated in all aspects of public policy, including nonprofit governance and policy, advocacy, and media. He holds an M.A. in public policy from Regent University. George enjoys history and lives with his wife in historic Fredericksburg where Jefferson crafted his Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom. They have been married for 33 years and have four adult children who all graduated from Christian high school. 

Email          Phone: 202.558.7040

Philip ScottPhilip Scott

Vice President for Legal Affairs

Philip Scott has worked with ACSI since 2011 and currently serves as the Vice President for Legal Affairs in the Washington, DC office. While he has held multiple roles at ACSI, his current focus is on state advocacy and helping to organize state Christian school voices. Philip’s background is a blend of education, religion, and law. Philip is the editor of the Legal Legislative Update and does consultation with schools on legal, legislative and HR issues. He also oversees and administers the LDRP program. He has taught U.S. Government and Civics to middle and high school students in Christian schools. Most recently, he has been a lecturer in undergraduate and graduate programs teaching ethics, nonprofit law and education law. He is twice a graduate of Liberty University with an undergraduate degree in Education and a Juris Doctorate degree from Liberty University School of Law. He has studied theology and law at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is admitted to the bar of Colorado. Philip and his wife, Heather, are outnumbered as they have three children, a dog, and a cat. Heather and Philip met in fifth grade in the Christian school they attended.

Email          Phone  202.573.7776


jay_mccurryJay McCurry

National Director for State Advocacy

Dr. Jay McCurry currently serves as ACSI's Director for State Advocacy, a position in which he works with educational leaders across the United States promoting school choice, religious liberty, regulations, and the common good. He has served in administrative leadership at ACSI accredited schools since 2004. He holds a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Oakland City University, a Doctorate in Christian Education from Pillsbury College and Seminary, a Master of Arts degree in Education from Oral Roberts University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Relations from Southern Nazarene University. Dr. McCurry is a Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary International and he is the author of Lead Like a King: Leadership Secrets of One of the World's Greatest Rulers. Jay and his wife Kelly have been married for 23 years, have four daughters, and reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You can follow Jay on LinkedIn, Truth Social, and Instagram. 

Email Phone: 719.867.0182

rebecca_vandemarkRebecca VanDeMark

Public Policy & Legal Affairs Specialist

Rebecca VanDeMark currently serves as ACSI's Public Policy and Legal Affairs Specialist. She has served as a High School History and Government teacher for nearly ten years with several ACSI accredited schools. Rebecca is passionate about raising up High School students to be leaders in their generations, specifically in the areas of Public Policy and Law. Rebecca holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Regent University, a graduate law certificate from American University's Washington College of Law, a Bachelors of Arts from Cedarville University and has also completed additional graduate coursework in the Master of Legal Studies program from West Virginia University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Public Policy and Law at Liberty University. Rebecca is the author of seven books including, Praying through Lyme Disease, which has been translated into ten different languages. You can connect with Rebecca on LinkedIn and Instagram.

Email Phone: 719.867.0138

Sarah_MurraySarah Murray

Public Policy and Legal Affairs Assistant

Sarah Murray currently serves as the Public Policy and Legal Affairs Assistant at ACSI. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida. She is passionate about Kingdom Education; she spent ten years homeschooling four daughters, who all graduated from Christian schools. She is also an avid proofreader and wishes she could be the Apostrophizer from Eats, Shoots and Leaves. Prior to coming to ACSI, Sarah worked in a Christian school in Texas, running the Help Desk and then serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Middle School Principals. Sarah has been married to her husband, Steve, for too many years to count, and they have a dog named Scout. Their daughters have given them nine wonderful grandchildren, who are their pride and joy.

Email Phone: 719.867.0201

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