Framework Agreement on Non-Public New York Schools

By Jewish Press Staff

June 24, 2015

Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State legislative leaders announced a framework agreement on Tuesday that will allocate an unprecedented $250 million of new funding to the state’s non-public schools for mandated services.

Critics faulted the state legislature for essentially taking a pass on providing tuition relieve to the parents of parochial school students. Critics also charged that in recent years the state has not made good on its full statutory obligation, allocating only a fraction of the mandated services funds to which nonpublic schools are entitled, thereby allowing a significant debt to accumulate.

The agreement, if passed, will replace Cuomo’s Parental Choice in Education Act, which would have provided $150 million in education tax credits and scholarships annually and benefited parents directly.

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