UPDATED: OU Advocacy-Teach NYS Commends NY State Leadership for Reaching a Budget Consensus That Is Extremely Beneficial to Non-Public Schools

The Orthodox Union Advocacy Center-Teach NYS applauds Governor Cuomo, State Senate Co-Leaders Jeff Klein and Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for reaching an agreement on the state budget today, which includes legislative items that provide an unprecedented amount of funding for non-public schools.

The final version of the negotiated budget, which was worked on by the governor, the Senate and the Assembly, increases funding for already existing programs that go directly to Jewish day schools’ operational budgets and also creates new funding programs for education, including:

“We are grateful for this historic level of support shown by Governor Cuomo, State Senate Co-Leaders Jeff Klein and Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in crafting a budget that not only is beneficial to non-public schools, but really moves the needle on creating parity and fairness for the non-public school families of New York,” said Jeff Leb, Director, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS. “All schoolchildren deserve to be in a safe and secure environment with modern technology and get the ‘leg up’ they need to succeed—regardless of where they go to school.”

“Although we didn’t get everything we hoped for this year, these allocations mark a strong foundation for state funding of non-public schools,” said Maury Litwack, OU’s Director of State Political Affairs and Outreach. “We thank our many coalition partners within other faith organizations and throughout the Jewish community who were instrumental in helping us achieve these important results.”

The final budget proposal will be enacted on April 1st, pending Monday’s vote by the membership of the New York State Senate and the Assembly.