The Largest Jewish Day School Delegation Advocates in Albany
Led by Teach NYS, an unprecedented 700 students, educators, and parents from Jewish day schools and yeshivot across New York State made their voices heard in the halls of the New York State legislature. The delegation met with 90 legislators and pressed for increased funding for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, as well as funding for school security.
Increasing Funding for STEM Teachers in New York and New Jersey
Teach Coalition was instrumental in creating groundbreaking STEM legislation for New York and New Jersey day schools and yeshivot. This year, Teach NYS worked to increase that funding from $15 million to $30 million in the 2019 NY budget. Capitalizing on NY’s success, Teach NJ worked closely with Governor Murphy and the state legislature to create an historic grant program to begin to fund NJ STEM teachers in nonpublic schools.
TeachON launches in Ontario, Canada
TeachON successfully launched in 2019, in partnership with the Jewish community of Ontario. This new effort has begun working on behalf of Jewish day schools in Ontario for provincial funding. TeachON’s advocacy efforts will focus on STEM, special needs and security funding.
Helping Day Schools Access Available Government Funding
Teach Coalition works with day schools and yeshivot to help navigate complex funding applications for government programs on the state and local level, to ensure they are maximizing funding opportunities the schools are eligible for. These efforts brought in millions of dollars for Teach member schools.
Teach PA Harrisburg Rally for Tax Credits and Security Funding
Teach PA played a critical role in increasing scholarship tax credit programs and security funding to $30 million and $3 million respectively in 2019. Three hundred students, community leaders, parents and educators advocated at the state capital as part of this successful grassroots effort.
State Security Highlights
$2.5 million allocated in security funding for Florida Jewish day schools and yeshivot for the 2019-2020 school year, a 25% increase from last year.
$22.6 million allocated in security funding for New Jersey’s nonpublic schools. Funding was doubled in 2019.
$3.2 million in security grants awarded from Pennsylvania’s Office of Safe Schools for 2019-2020, a 587% increase over the previous year.
$60 million budgeted for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $20 million in matching grants, which was allocated for safety and security projects at nonpublic schools and day camps. This money is in addition to the $40 million allocated in the state budget.
$15 million budgeted for institutions at risk of hate motivated violence, including Jewish day schools and synagogues. This program increased from $500,000 in 2018. The California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program was signed into law and now includes safety equipment and security personnel at risk.