School Choice Policy Impact on the Jewish Community, by Maury Litwack

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.
Read More Posted at January 12, 2015 at 1:47 pm

New York State Textbook Loan Program

New York State Per-Pupil Textbook Funding for all Students Residing in the State New York State requires that all school districts purchase and loan textbooks on an equitable basis to all K-12 students residing in the state who attend either … Continued
Read More Posted at January 8, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Orthodox Union Mourns Passing of New York Governor Mario Cuomo

The Orthodox Union mourns the passing of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Governor Cuomo, the son of immigrants from Salerno, Italy, shared the immigrant experience with many Jews of his generation, being the first of his family to speak … Continued
Read More Posted at January 2, 2015 at 11:14 am

Orthodox Union Commends U.S. for Vote against Destructive U.N. Security Council Resolution; Resolution Fails to Obtain Required Votes to Pass

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, commended the Obama Administration for its vote in the UN Security Council against the destructive resolution presented to the Council by Jordan at the behest of the Palestinians. The resolution received only eight votes in its favor and therefore was not adopted.
Read More Posted at December 30, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Beyond Possible: Government Funding and Your Day School’s Responsibility, by Maury Litwack

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 states, both blue and red, is now being spent on various school choice programs. The question of “possible” is moot. Every Jewish day school is eligible for some form of government funding. Every Jewish day school can participate in advocacy that could deliver services and short-term aid.
Read More Posted at December 30, 2014 at 9:17 am

“ABLE Act” Approved by U.S. Senate by a Vote of 76-17; Orthodox Union, Yachad Applaud Passage

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, applauded the overwhelming approval of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday by a vote of 76 to 16. The Act was approved in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month by a vote of 404-17.
Read More Posted at December 17, 2014 at 9:52 am

Orthodox Union Urges the Supreme Court to Overturn Decision Permitting Religious Discrimination During the Hiring Process; “Americans Must Not Be Forced to Choose Between Career and Conscience”

The OU called upon the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision from a lower court requiring applicants for employment to disclose their religious observance during a hiring interview or anytime during the hiring process. The high court is scheduled to hear the case in question, EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. this term.
Read More Posted at December 11, 2014 at 9:49 am
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