New Wins Build on Last Year’s $250 Million Commitment to Nonpublic Schools, Follow Months of Advocacy by OU – Teach NYS
New York, NY– Orthodox Union – Teach NYS released the following statements in praise of the budget agreement between Governor Cuomo, the New York State Senate, and the New York State Assembly for the 2016-2017 year. The budget includes a series of funding allocations that represent significant victories for the state’s independent and religious schools. Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature are poised to pass a budget that will expand programs that serve as critical sources of aid for nonpublic schools across the state, and have appropriated funds to create a new Office of Religious and Independent Schools that will serve New York’s nonpublic schools for years to come.
These victories for nonpublic schools are the result of an OU – Teach NYS grassroots campaign that engaged thousands of Jewish families to advocate for New York’s yeshivas and Jewish day schools. The substantial increases in funding build on earlier wins from last year, when OU – Teach NYS worked with Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature to finally deliver $250 million of long overdue payments for nonpublic schools. This aid was distributed to nonpublic schools, including Jewish day schools and yeshivas, that had previously suffered the effects of severe underfunding to state programs.
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The words of this author reflect his/her own opinions and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Orthodox Union.