OU Advocacy-NJ Commends Introduction of Special Ed Bill in NJ State Assembly

The New Jersey office of the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center commended New Jersey State Assembly Members Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gary Schaer, Amy Handlin, Patrick Diegnan, Joseph Cryan and Annette Quijano for introducing bill A-3055, which will allow school districts to assign a student with special needs to an accredited special education non-public school program—even if that program is sectarian—as long as the funds are used only for non-sectarian programs and services.
Read More Posted at March 26, 2014 at 6:04 pm

OU Schools in Session Initiative: Winter 2014

OU Advocacy-NY and its coalition partners kicked off the new year with its first Schools in Session event at Hebrew Day School of Sullivan & Ulster Counties with Senator John J. Bonacic. The program included a brief tour of the … Continued
Read More Posted at March 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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OU Advocacy-Teach NYS Delegations From Brooklyn And Manhattan, Riverdale And Westchester Advocate For Non-Public School Funding With NY State Legislators

Noting the short time frame until the April 1st deadline to pass the New York state budget, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and several other legislators urged the OU Advocacy-Teach NYS delegations that came to Albany this week to “keep up the pressure” on elected officials and remind them to support the initiatives that help Jewish education with consistent and persistent lobbying until the budget is passed.
Read More Posted at March 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm

OU Advocacy to Host 2014 Nonprofit Security Grant Webinar

Earlier this year, the OU Advocacy Center, in partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and congressional allies, secured a $13 million allocation in the FY2014 federal budget for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)—a $3 million increase from last year’s budget. The NSGP delivers federal financial aid to nonprofits to upgrade the physical security of their facilities. Since its creation, OU Advocacy and our partners have secured more than $100 million in security grants—the majority of which has gone to Jewish community institutions.
Read More Posted at March 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm

OU Advocacy-NJ Testimony to NJ Assembly & Senate Budget Committees: All School Children Entitled to Same Tools for Success Regardless of the School They Attend

In his testimony before the New Jersey State Assembly Budget Committee this week, Josh Pruzansky, Regional Director of OU Advocacy-NJ, expressed the organization’s support of the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015 and reiterated that all New Jersey school children should be entitled to the same essential services to further their educational growth and ensure their health—regardless of the type of school they attend.
Read More Posted at March 20, 2014 at 9:31 am

Op-Ed: For Jewish Education’s Future, Look to Albany

Washington has little trouble commanding the collective attention of the organized Jewish community. But for those who care about increasing funding for Jewish education, reining in out-of-control costs at day schools and seeking to ease crushing tuition burdens, the place to watch this month is Albany.
Read More Posted at March 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

The Time Is Now to Send A Message to Albany

Many of those wielding the levers of power in Albany are saying the right things on behalf of greater funding for Jewish education. But to truly support education for all, we need more than words—we need action. And Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget, now being negotiated with the State Senate and State Assembly, is a good place to start.
Read More Posted at March 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm
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