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

Posted on March 19, 2014 In Op-eds

By Maury Litwack

March 18, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (JTA) — 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.

Right now several education initiatives are being considered in New York’s state capital that have national implications for Jewish schools.

A proposed education tax credit, if enacted, would immediately be one of the nation’s largest new programs to support nonpublic schools. The State Senate legislation proposal would allow up to $275 million to be donated for scholarships at private schools over the next two years. Children whose families earn up to $500,000 would be eligible to take advantage of the scholarships.

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