Today, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, the non-partisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, issued the following statement regarding New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s release of 4,500 half-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) seats for the 2015-16 school year.
On August 11, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) held a “town hall meeting and listening session” about the Iran nuclear deal with more than 500 Brooklyn residents. The event was hosted by AIPAC and co-sponsored by the Orthodox Union, Agudath Israel of America and other organizations.
OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, the nonpartisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, brought a delegation of community leaders to meet with U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice to thank her for publicly opposing the nuclear deal with Iran and to discuss their concerns about the deal.
Today, Governor Cuomo and New York State legislative leaders announced a framework agreement that will allocate an unprecedented $250 million of new funding to the state’s non-public schools for mandated services—the largest amount ever allocated to this program. OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, the nonpartisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, has historically fought for funding increases to the mandated services program.
In Judaism, we are accustomed to counting down (or up) toward a deadline: the 49 days of the Omer leading to Shavuot and the Asseret Yemai Teshuvah leading to Yom Kippur, to name two. Right now, we’re counting down to another deadline that could have a significant impact for Jewish day school parents and all non-public school parents in New York: the end of the legislative session in Albany on June 17.