Teach Florida applauds the Florida legislature for passing a major expansion of school choice, including the new Family Empowerment Scholarship, this Tuesday, April 30. The bill now heads to Governor Ron DeSantis for his signature.
In addition to the more than 100,000 students on the Florida Tax Credit program, the new Family Empowerment Scholarship will fund 18,000 additional students from low-to-middle income families at approximately $7,000 each.
Yesterday, hundreds of our students, teachers, and supporters gathered in Harrisburg to make the case for safer, more sustainable Jewish day schools. Groups met with over 60 legislators, participated in a multi-community EITC Appreciation rally, and called for safety measures in our schools and communities.
Read about it in The New York Times
In an effort to combat the recent violence that has targeted places of worship, state Rep. Yehiel “Mark” Kalish, D-Chicago, joined local faith leaders to demand additional funding for religious institutions that have become targets of hate.
“We cannot accept the heinous attacks on religious institutions as the new status quo,” Kalish said. “All religious communities are stronger when we stand together united against hate. Our country was founded on freedom from religious oppression and persecution and we must take every step possible to protect people who simply want to practice their religion in peace.”