Teach NYS congratulates new leadership of State Senate

For Immediate Release
Contact : Jake Adler Jadler@ou.org

Teach NYS, a nonpartisan organization focusing on equitable funding for New York’s nonpublic schools, issued the following statement on the new leadership in the New York State Senate

“We congratulate Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins on her new role as Senate Majority Leader as well as Senator Michael Gianaris and the entire conference on their victory in this election” said Executive Director Maury Litwack ” with the elections now concluded we will continue to work with our allies in the Senate Majority, Governor Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Heastie, to ensure that all students have the same access to a safe, high quality education” said Litwack, ” We are particularly excited to congratulate Senator Todd Kaminsky and Senator Shelley Mayer, Senator Kevin Parker, Senator Brian Kavanaugh, Senator Elizabeth Krueger, Senator Brad Hoylman, Senator John Brooks, Senator David Carlucci as well as Senators Elect Alessandra Biaggi, James Skoufis, Anna Kaplan, Julia Salazar, Robert Jackson, Zelnor Myrie, Andrew Gounardes, John Liu , Jim Gaughran and Kevin Thomas who will all represent large portions of our community.”

There are more than 412,000 nonpublic school students in New York State more than 15% of the total student population. New York’s nonpublic school community is an economic engine which saves the State of New York more than $10 billion each year and provides more than 75,000 jobs in the State of New York.

Teach NYS, a division of the Teach Advocacy Network, was founded in 2013 to advocate for equitable government funding in New York nonpublic schools. It has secured an additional $450 million in funding for day schools, which is used to increase security, enhance education and defray higher tuition costs. Teach NYS created a first in the nation program to begin reimbursing nonpublic schools for the costs of qualified STEM instructors. In 2018, it championed a historic pilot program to begin providing Kosher and Halal meals to students enrolled in both public and nonpublic schools in New York City. Currently, more than 40 day-schools and yeshivas receive government funding through Teach NYS. For more information, visit https://teachadvocacy.org/newyork/.