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  •   05/27/2015 04:00 PM 05/27/2015 07:00 PM America/Los_Angeles Hundreds of Non-Public School Parents, Children Call on NY City Council to Pass School Safety Bill for All NYC Schoolchildren

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    Hundreds of parents and children from Jewish, Catholic, Muslim and other non-public schools joined together today on the steps of City Hall with dozens of City Council members to demonstrate that all schoolchildren—public and non-public alike—deserve to be safe at school. The group rallied for the passage of Intro 65, a bill now before City Council, which will provide the same uniformed NYPD School Safety Agents to a non-public school that a public school receives.

    Intro 65 is sponsored by Council Member David Greenfield and has 46 co-sponsors in the Council.

    “When it comes to the safety of our children, it doesn’t matter what their religious beliefs are or whether they go to public or non-public schools,” said Council Member Greenfield. “The reality is that there is a need for public safety for our children.”

    Allen Fagin, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Orthodox Union, noted that the entire non-public school community has united around the issue of school safety. “The safety of our children is not a political issue; it’s an issue of basic decency and fairness. We stand together to demand that that the City Council passes Intro 65 to protect all of our children.”

    “The Orthodox Union applauds Council Member David Greenfield for his leadership on this crucial issue,” said Maury Litwack, Director of State Political Affairs for the Orthodox Union. “We owe it to all our children to ensure that they are safe at school, regardless of the school they attend. The Orthodox Union will continue to work with our allies in the Council to see this legislation approved.”

    At the end of April, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, the nonpartisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, launched the New York City School Safety Coalition to support school safety for all of New York City’s schoolchildren. The Coalition, which specifically backs Intro 65, includes the UJA-Federation of New York, the Archdiocese of New York, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and the Islamic Schools Association of New York.

    New York 05/27/2015 04:00 PM

    Hundreds of Non-Public School Parents, Children Call on NY City Council to Pass School Safety Bill for All NYC Schoolchildren

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 04:00 PM
    New York

    Hundreds of parents and children from Jewish, Catholic, Muslim and other non-public schools joined together today on the steps of City Hall with dozens of City Council members to demonstrate that ...

  •   05/29/2015 06:00 PM 05/29/2015 09:00 PM America/Los_Angeles North Shore Hebrew Academy Tour

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    North Shore Hebrew Academy welcomed Senator Jack Martins to their campus on May 29th, as part of the OU-Teach NYS Schools in Session series. The goal of the Schools in Session initiative is to strengthen each Jewish day school and yeshiva community’s relationship with New York legislators. The meeting was held at a school, laying the groundwork for better dialogue about day school affordability and other issues constituents face.

    The event began with a tour of the school, led by Rabbi Jeff Kobrin, with OU-Teach NYS Arielle Frankston-Morris and Daniella Lazar. Senator Martins saw NSHA students and faculty busy with their studies, and even experience the Torah Bowl competition, in which middle school students competed in an activity similar to “College Bowl” with Torah content. Senator Martins spoke with students, and elementary school age children smiled and thanked the Senator for his ongoing work on their behalf.

    Following the tour, 19 parents joined the Senator in the Library for a presentation by the Senator and a discussion. A highlight of the conversation was an analysis of the Education Tax Credit, which Senator Martins explained he supported and would continue to support, as he understands how it can benefit his constituents, both in the public and nonpublic school communities. Senator Martins was grateful for the opportunity to meet NSHA administrators and parents and expressed interest in continuing to build this relationship.

    New York 05/29/2015 06:00 PM

    North Shore Hebrew Academy Tour

    Friday, May 29, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    New York

    North Shore Hebrew Academy welcomed Senator Jack Martins to their campus on May 29th, as part of the OU-Teach NYS Schools in Session series. The goal of the Schools in Session initiative is to str...

  •   06/09/2015 06:00 PM 06/09/2015 09:00 PM America/Los_Angeles Leaders of Orthodox Union, UJA-Federation of New York, Agudath Israel of America Press NY Legislators to Support the Parental Choice in Education Act

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    With just one week until the end of the New York Legislative Session on June 17, leaders of the Orthodox Union, UJA-Federation of New York and Agudath Israel of America joined together on Tuesday in Albany to urge state lawmakers to pass the Parental Choice in Education Act.

    The delegation met with State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and with 20 Members of the Assembly, including Phil Goldfeder, Michael Simanowitz, David Weprin, Sean Ryan, Anthony Brindisi, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Shelley Mayer, and Latrice Walker.

    Each of the elected officials noted the importance of the group’s presence in Albany for pushing the bill forward and elevating the bill’s status among legislators. Senate Majority Leader Flanagan encouraged the group to keep up the phone calls and emails until the end of the Legislative Session. “It’s crucial that you continue to fight for this bill and express how important the bill is to your community.” said Senate Majority Leader Flanagan

    To date, the New York Jewish community has sent more than 9,000 letters to state legislators urging them to support education tax credits.

    “Our three organizations are united to push for passage of the Parental Choice in Education Act because we agree that Jewish education is important to the future of the Jewish people and because this bill is good for all schoolchildren in New York, public, private and parochial,” said Jake Adler, New York Director of Policy for the Orthodox Union. “We are mobilizing the Jewish day school and yeshiva community throughout New York State to help pass this bill and we will continue to fight for this bill until it becomes law.”

    “By creating incentives for individual, foundation and business philanthropy and thereby increasing the scholarship dollars available for non-public schools to use, the Parental Choice in Education Act provides much-needed relief to tuition-paying families,” said Jeff Leb, Managing Director for Government and External Relations at UJA-Federation of New York.

    “We are here in Albany to make sure our legislators hear our voice and see that we are united as a community behind the Parental Choice in Education Act,” said Rabbi Shai Markowitz, Director of the Lefkowitz Leadership Initiative of Agudath Israel of America. “We call on our legislators to pass this critical funding bill.”

    By encouraging individuals and corporations to make charitable contributions to public schools or scholarship-making organizations for tuition-paying families, and allocating funds for a $500 per child tax credit for low-income families who send their children to non-public schools, the Parental Choice in Education Act could generate an unprecedented amount of support to tuition-paying families and ensure that the program benefits the broadest swath of New York’s schoolchildren.

    New York 06/09/2015 06:00 PM

    Leaders of Orthodox Union, UJA-Federation of New York, Agudath Israel of America Press NY Legislators to Support the Parental Choice in Education Act

    Tuesday, June 09, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    New York

    With just one week until the end of the New York Legislative Session on June 17, leaders of the Orthodox Union, UJA-Federation of New York and Agudath Israel of America joined together on Tuesday ...