For Better, Safer, More Affordable Day Schools and Yeshivot

Teach Coalition secures government funding for Jewish day schools and yeshivot.

Hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding have been secured through Teach Coalition’s lobbying efforts which focus on equitable government funding, tax credit scholarships, government grants, education savings accounts, and more. The Coalition advocates on behalf of approximately 90% of yeshivah and day school students nationwide.

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7,580,000
FREE MEALS DISTRIBUTED ACROSS FIVE STATES IN RESPONSE TO PANDEMIC FOOD INSECURITY
$35,000,000
RENEWED STEM FUNDING FOR NON-PUBLIC SECULAR EDUCATION IN NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY
240,000
STUDENTS IMPACTED BY ADVOCACY TO ALLOW REMOTE DELIVERY OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND SERVICES

Fighting For Our Schools In Historically Challenging Times

Pandemics Don’t Discriminate

Teach Coalition has always fought to make sure Jewish students and schools receive fair government support. But this year was different, as state governments shifted their focus to the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic: food insecurity, safe school openings, testing, resources for remote learning, and safety. Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Teach Coalition advocated for our schools and their families at all levels of government to ensure that all of America’s children have the resources they need.

Continuation of STEM Funding for Teachers in New York and New Jersey

Despite major budget cuts in both New York and New Jersey, Teach Coalition was instrumental in ensuring the continuity of ground breaking STEM funding programs for New York and New Jersey day schools and yeshivot. Teach NYS and Teach NJ successfully advocated to renew the $35 million in STEM funding in New York and the $5 million STEM funding program in New Jersey. These programs are transformative, as they are the first in the nation that provide funding of educators in non public schools for secular education.

Security Funding in Teach Coalition States

While several states are still determining their budgets for this fiscal year, Teach Coalition successfully advocated for a significant increase in non public school security funding in New Jersey, while New York City and State maintained security funding under extraordinary economic circumstances. Pennsylvania, Florida, and Maryland security funding is likely to be maintained as well.

Maximizing Government Funding

Teach Coalition’s Government Maximization team ensures our schools are successful in applying for a range of government funding programs available to them. The team offers a series of services to Teach Coalition member schools including application writing, review, and more.

Senator James Skoufis visited students at Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn, NY
Senator Lagana, Assembly member Swain, Assembly member Schaer, Rabbi Daniel Price, and Rabbi Yehuda Rosenbaum visiting Rosenbaum Yeshiva of Northern New Jersey

Combating Food Insecurity Across Five States

As food insecurity spread throughout the country, Teach Coalition organized communities to participate in government programs. As a result, millions of pounds of free food was distributed to families in need.

Teaneck was one of the many Teach Coalition distribution sites across the Tri-State area.

Aaron Zelig of West Hempstead, Teach NYS network member and activist, wearing a "Stop Kvetching, Start Voting" hat which was part of Teach Coalition’s Get Out the Vote Campaign.

Stop Kvetching and Start Voting

Teach Coalition’s 2020 Get Out the Vote (GOTV) campaign was designed to strengthen our advocacy work and voice in our states and cities. Strong voter turnout ensures that the yeshiva and Jewish day school community will get the attention of elected officials.

With the help of activists, leadership and member schools, the campaign promoted the importance of voting to more than 65,000 voters directly in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Pennsylvania, and many tens of thousands more through social media, phone calls, advertising, and videos.



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