OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, the nonpartisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, launched its campaign to pass the Education Investment Incentives Act (EIIA), also known as the Education Tax Credit, with an interfaith advocacy mission to Albany on Thursday composed of 30 Brooklyn high school juniors, half from the Yeshivah of Flatbush and half from Nazareth Regional High School.
OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, the non-partisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for his commitment to the Education Investment Incentives Act (EIIA), also known as the Education Tax Credit, as one of his top priorities this legislative session and for his willingness to hold up the New York State budget unless and until it includes approval of the EIIA.
Today, the Orthodox Union released the following statement responding to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s attempt to respond to shortcomings in his signature UPK program:
For more than a year, the Orthodox Union has made the case to City Hall that New York’s Yeshivas and Jewish day schools are—by virtue of unwarranted and arbitrary rules invented by Mayor de Blasio—unable to participate in the Mayor’s signature Universal Pre-K program.
As the latest element in our “Make Universal Pre-K Universal” campaign, the Orthodox Union has released a video highlighting Mayor de Blasio’s inability to include the Jewish day school community in his signature Universal Pre-K program.
“We will offer every child, from every borough of this city, truly universal, full-day Pre-K.”
That was Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promise to the children of New York City one year ago in his inaugural State of the City address. The Mayor’s pledge of a free pre-K program available to every four-year-old in New York City — regardless of background, religion, or socio-economic status — signaled an exciting and visionary approach to early childhood education for all New York preschoolers.