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.
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
The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, welcomed a decision this week by the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New York upholding the constitutionality of the recently constructed eruv around … Continued
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
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.
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.
All New York City schoolchildren should be safe at school, regardless of whether they attend public or non-public school. To that end, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS is working with the New York City Council to pass Intro 65, a bill that would provide school safety agents to every school in the City.
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.
Voicing his support for Pennsylvania’s educational tax credit programs, State Senator Rob Teplitz noted that the programs are a “fair compromise and fair alternative to school vouchers.” He spoke about his and the larger legislative support for the programs at … Continued
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.