Masks, quarantines, and plexiglass did not deter Jewish day schools and yeshivot from operating at full capacity this past school year, whether in person or remotely.
Teach Coalition paved the way to help our schools and families operate at full strength, and take complete advantage of state and federal government funding throughout the year. Our advocacy for groundbreaking state funding of STEM teachers, school security, state-mandated scholarships, government grants, and CARES Act funding brought in record government funding to Jewish schools in 2021.
increased STEM funding for nonpublic secular education in New York and New Jersey
Jewish day school and yeshiva students received scholarships in Pennsylvania and Florida
Teach Coalition member schools opened for in-person instruction despite the pandemic’s challenges
FIGHTING FOR MORE SCHOOL SECURITY FUNDING TO COMBAT ANTISEMITISM
As antisemitic incidents rise around the country, Teach Coalition’s efforts to increase government resources to secure Jewish institutions are a top priority. In addition to maintaining vital security programs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Teach Florida championed an increase in security funding and for the first time, schools can use these funds for security guards. In New York, Teach Coalition successfully advocated to include cybersecurity upgrades as an allowable use following cyberattacks on Jewish schools in Long Island.
INCREASING STEM FUNDING FOR TEACHERS IN NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY
Teach Coalition ensured the continuity of a groundbreaking STEM funding program for New Jersey day schools and yeshivot. Participation in the program grew over 300% in year two (2021), and schools throughout the state are lining up to participate in year three. Teach NYS lobbied for a major increase in STEM funding, growing the program from $30 million to $40 million. One hundred and thirty New York day schools and yeshivot received $4.5 million in reimbursements for STEM teachers.
Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley (Allentown, PA) security guard on duty protecting students and faculty.
Students at Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns & Rockaway participating in a STEM lesson. Teach Coalition helped secure $40 million in reimbursements for STEM educators in NY last year.
HELPING SCHOOLS MAXIMIZE GOVERNMENT FUNDING
Teach Coalition’s government maximization team ensures that our schools successfully apply government funding programs available to them. The team offers a series of services to Teach Coalition member schools, including grant writing and review, reimbursement claims, and more.
Students at Kushner Academy participating in a STEM lesson.
TEACH AMBASSADOR NETWORK: SUCCESSFUL ADVOCACY
Today, more than 250 lay leaders are Teach Ambassador Network members who are building strong relationships with key elected officials in their state. These connections are vital to Teach Coalition's advocacy efforts. Elected officials are invited to visit schools, participate in events, and even enjoy a Shabbat meal. These high level, personal relationships ensure that elected officials appreciate our community and the need for well-funded, safe and strong nonpublic schools.
“Being a part of the Ambassador Network has opened my eyes to the difference I can make in my own backyard. My relationships with elected officials proved to be vital over the past few months. With schools in our area opening, closing, and then reopening again, I engaged with elected officials about our communities’ needs and they were so thankful to have that insight.”
–Tzippy Schwartz, Teach NYS Network Member, Lawrence, NY
New York State Senator Sean Ryan and New York Assemblywoman Nily Rozic visit Ohr Temimim in Buffalo, New York.
“When you see reports that show how much money schools have been able to get since Teach Florida started and you look at a school's budget, you see that because of this funding, a school has good fences or more guards on site. That doesn't come from hours and hours of volunteer work; that comes from someone like me receiving an email from Teach, then sharing it with people who care about it.”
–Jeni Chokron, Senior VP of First Horizon Bank, Teach Florida Network Member
TEACH COALITION ACTIVISTS
GETTING OUT THE VOTE MATTERS
Whether it's voting, reaching out to elected officials, or broadcasting our messaging, Teach activists make our voice heard with governors, state legislatures, local elected officials, and our community.
Thousands more people joined the Teach movement and our voter rolls this year, and we see the results! Voter turnout in the 2021 NJ primary election and NY mayoral primary exceeded that of the general community. Despite state budget woes due to the pandemic, Teach activists helped pave the way for record government funding in many of our states and breakthrough expansions in state scholarship and STEM programs in Florida and New York.
Teach NYS activist Zev Safran escorting Assemblymember Nathalia Fernandez on a school visit at SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY. From left to right: Jill Ellman, Teach NYS Regional Field Director; Assemblymember Nathalia Fernandez; Rabbi Bini Krauss, SAR Head of School; Zev Safran, Teach NYS activist
Teaneck was one of the many Teach Coalition distribution sites across the Tri-State area.
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