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Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, welcomed the introduction of the Student Success Act (H.R.5) in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R.5 will reauthorize and revise the law governing federal K-12 education policy and funding, know most recently as “No Child Left Behind.”
In his testimony before the New York State Joint Budget Committee today, Jake Adler, New York Policy Director for OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, emphasized that 89 percent of New York City’s Jewish day school community is unable to participate in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Universal Pre-K (UPK) program. Adler pressed the Committee to address the needs of the Jewish day schools before authorizing funding for Year 2 of the City’s UPK program.
Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, expressed concern about two key provisions contained in President Obama's 2016 Federal Budget proposal.
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.”
Despite Mayor de Blasio’s pledge to offer every child in New York City “truly universal, full-day pre-K,” 89 percent of the Jewish community’s pre-K age children are still unable to participate in UPK. You can help “Make Universal Pre-K Universal.”
OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, the non-partisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for advancing the Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC) by including it in today’s joint State of the State and Executive Budget speech, and the State Senate for passing EITC as a standalone bill earlier today.
According to the AVI CHAI Foundation's recently released Jewish Day School Census, the number of students enrolled in Jewish day schools across America is growing at an extraordinary rate. In 2003, 205,035 students across the country attended a Jewish day school. Just 10 years later, that number had climbed to 254,749 and is projected to grow to more than 300,000 by 2018.
Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, praised the U.S. Supreme Court for its unanimous ruling allowing a Muslim prison inmate in Arkansas, Gregory Holt, also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, to grow a short beard for religious reasons.
Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, commended Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Dean Heller (R-NV) for their introduction of the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 2015.