Brooklyn Jewish, Catholic High School Students Push for Education Tax Credit in Albany to Launch OU Campaign

YWN Nesk – NYC

February 27, 2015

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.

Passing the Education Tax Credit is the top priority for OU Advocacy-Teach NYS during the 2015 Legislative Session. By encouraging individuals and corporations to make charitable contributions to public schools or scholarship-making organizations, the tax credit could generate an unprecedented amount of support to tuition-paying families.

The high school students met with more than 30 legislators including Senators Martin Golden and Simcha Felder, sponsors of the bill in the Senate, and Assembly Member Michael Cusick, sponsor of the bill in the Assembly. The delegation was officially recognized on the floor of the Assembly by Assembly Member James Brennan, who represents the district where the Yeshivah of Flatbush is located, and welcomed by Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry, Speaker Pro Tempore.

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