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The Complicated Politics of a School-Donation Tax Credit

March 4, 2015, by

Of all the plot lines in the 2015 budget process, the fight over a school-donation tax credit may turn out to be the most complicated. The Catholic Church and a broad swath of other religious and community organizations have built support over several years for a controversial tax credit that would incentivize donations to private

When Universal Pre-K is Not Universal

February 12, 2015, by

“We will offer every child, from every borough of this city, truly universal, full-day Pre-K.” That was Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promise to the children of New York City one year ago in his inaugural State of the City address. The Mayor’s pledge of a free pre-K program available to every four-year-old in New York

No Jew Left Behind

February 9, 2015, by

Urge Mayor de Blasio to make NYC’s universal pre-K program truly universal – email him now. In his State of the City last week, Mayor de Blasio bragged of having provided seats for 50,000 kids in his “universal pre-k” program. Well, not quite “universal”: It bars nine out of 10 kids at Jewish day schools.

OU Calls on de Blaiso for Orthodox Jewish Inclusion in UPK Program

February 5, 2015, by

After nearly a year of advocacy, working to ensure that New York City Jewish day schools would be included in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) program, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS has launched a campaign in New York City calling on the mayor to “Make Universal Pre-K Universal.” The campaign is targeted to raise

Jewish Community says Mayor’s Universal Pre-K Leaves them Out

January 29, 2015, by

Take action: Tell Mayor de Blasio to make New York City’s universal Pre-K program, truly universal. Morris Tabush spent $11,000 on pre-K for his daughter Valerie last year. He expects to shell out about the same for his son Alan next year. They are out-of-pocket expenses that the Brooklyn father says could be greatly reduced

NYC Pre-K Should Include Time for Religion

January 28, 2015, by

Advocates for the city’s Jewish community are blasting Mayor de Blasio with a series of ads over a prekindergarten policy they say costs Jewish families $50 million a year. Orthodox Union political director Maury Litwack said few Orthodox Jewish kids are taking advantage of de Blasio’s universal pre-K because its full-day schedule leaves no time

Sheldon Rudoff A”H Memorial Lecture – Wed. Jan 7 at 8pm

January 1, 2015, by

The Beth Din of America and the Orthodox Union invite you to the annual Sheldon Rudoff A”H Memorial Lecture: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 • 8:00 pm The Jewish Center • 131 West 86th Street, New York City Rabbi Shaul Robinson (Rabbi, Lincoln Square Synagogue) will speak about: Coveting, Consumerism and Consumption: Does the 10th Commandment

O.U. Boosting Effort to Bring Gov. Funding into Jewish Schools

December 30, 2014, by

The Orthodox Union is launching a multimillion-dollar advocacy campaign to increase government funding for Jewish day schools in New York. The organization will be adding staff to the 10 full-timers already working on the issue and launching a multi-year campaign, according to its executive vice president, Allen Fagin. He also said the O.U. will retain

Beyond Possible: Government Funding and Your Day School’s Responsibility

December 30, 2014, by

A decade ago, the Jewish community debated whether vouchers violated the church-state wall and whether this “slippery slope” was worth the potential boon of millions in government aid to Jewish day schools. Since then, numerous judicial rulings have answered the church-state question and created an environment in which more than $1 billion dollars in 19