Leb: A long-awaited win for NYC special-needs students

New York's special- needs community won a long-standing fight last month, when Mayor Bill de Blasio -- in an "about face" from the Bloomberg administration -- announced an end to the horror faced by too many children with special needs and their parents at the hands of the city's Department of Education.
Read More Posted at July 10, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Orthodox Union Applauds Gov. Corbett’s Signing School Safety Legislation Amendment into Law, Benefiting Non-Public School Security Funding

OU Advocacy’s work with Pennsylvania legislators promoting a solution for a “hiccup” within the Safe School Legislation—passed last summer—that prevented Jewish day schools and other non-public schools from participating in a grant program for school resource officers culminated with Governor Corbett signing Senate Bill 1194 into law today. The amendment to the Safe School Legislation will significantly improve non-public schools’ access to school resource officers and potentially provide millions of dollars for Jewish day school security funding.
Read More Posted at July 10, 2014 at 11:53 am

OU Advocacy-NJ Applauds Gov. Christie and NJ Legislative Leadership for Increased Technology and Nursing Aid for Non-Public Schools In FY 2015 Budget

The New Jersey office of OU Advocacy, the non-partisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, applauds Governor Christie, Senate President Steven Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Senate Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo, Assembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer and Senator Peter Barnes for the substantial increase in technology and nursing aid available to non-public schools in the state’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget, signed by Gov. Christie yesterday.
Read More Posted at July 1, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations Applauds Supreme Court “Hobby Lobby” Ruling Upholding Religious Liberty in “Obamacare” Mandate

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, applauds today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the “Hobby Lobby” and “Conestoga Wood” cases upholding religious freedom and ruling unconstitutional the Obama Administration’s health care mandate to private employers—requiring them to provide contraceptives and other women’s health services—when the employers’ religious beliefs would be violated by providing such services through their insurance plans.
Read More Posted at June 30, 2014 at 10:54 am
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Orthodox Union and Jewish Leadership Coalition Applaud Florida’s Expanded School Choice Program

The Orthodox Union (OU) and its Florida partner, the Jewish Leadership Coalition (JLC), applaud Florida Governor Rick Scott’s signing of the school choice expansion bill into law, which will have a significant impact on Florida’s Jewish day school community and the non-public school community overall. Certain features of the bill were initially proposed by the OU and JLC and later incorporated into the final legislation.
Read More Posted at June 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Schools Albany Refuses to Help

In answer to an unprecedented advocacy effort that included thousands of schoolchildren, hundreds of union members and groups that represented hundreds of non-public schools, state leaders gave assurances that the Education Investment Tax Credit would be included in the state budget approved at the end of March.
Read More Posted at June 18, 2014 at 1:47 pm
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