Trio of Jewish Groups Calls for Passage of Historic Education Tax Credit Bill

08 Jun 2015
Pictured (left to right): Allen Fagin, Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union, Eric Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York, and Rabbi David Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel of America, announce a unified effort to push for the passage of the Parental Choice in Education Act.

Three major Jewish organizations joined together Monday to push for the passage of New York’s Parental Choice in Education Act. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed legislation would offer tax credits to families sending children to private school and those contributing to scholarship funds for these schools.

In a press conference held outside the New York City Office of the Governor of the State of New York, representatives from the Orthodox Union, UJA-Federation of New York and Agudath Israel presented a united front urging the state legislature to pass the bill, which would provide $150 million in education tax credits and scholarships annually. The three groups have been engaged in lobbying efforts in Albany and community advocacy in support of the measure, which would provide incentives for those who contribute to scholarship organizations for private school students and tuition tax credits for private school students whose families meet certain criteria.

Read the full story at the OU Advocacy website.