FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2012
Contact: Jesse Hervitz 202-513-6484
Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (“Orthodox Union”) – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization – commended the Louisiana House of Representatives for passing the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Act (HB 976).
House Bill 976, which was introduced by Rep. Steve Carter, creates a voucher program where low income students who are currently in under-performing districts are now able to use these funds to attend accredited schools of their choice.
The Orthodox Union praises the Louisiana House of Representatives for increasing school choice opportunity for all, and is especially appreciative since this legislation can assist in tuition affordability.
Jesse Hervitz, Orthodox Union Deputy Director of Political Affairs stated:
By passing this legislation, Louisiana is allowing all students – regardless of income – to have an opportunity to choose the school that will provide the best education for them. This is especially important for the Orthodox Community, as day school affordability is the most serious domestic challenge facing our community. We praise the Louisiana House of Representatives, and specifically Rep. Steven Carter, and look forward to working with the Louisiana Senate to ensure that this legislation becomes law.