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Press Release: Teach Coalition Commends NYC Councilmember Mark Treyger and Department of Education for Acting to Help All of New York City’s Schools Combat COVID-19

Teach Coalition Commends NYC Councilmember Mark Treyger and Department of Education
for Swift Action to Help all of New York City’s Schools Combat COVID-19 

New York City (March 5, 2020) — Teach Coalition, a project of the Orthodox Union, commended New York City’s Department of Education today for responding swiftly and affirmatively to Councilmember Mark Treyger’s call for the Department to supply all schools in the city, including nonpublic schools, with the supplies, resources and assistance necessary to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Treyger, a member of the Council’s education committee, issued a powerful call on Wednesday urging the Department to include nonpublic schools in the plan as well. The councilmember issued the following statement today in response to the Department’s subsequent move to supply nonpublic schools with the necessary supplies:

“The Department of Education and City Administration heeded my call and will be providing all public and nonpublic schools with basic hygiene supplies, resources and assistance, to combat and prevent the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

“All students and staff deserve to be safe and healthy while at school….

“This is a step forward in the right direction to keeping students, staff, families and all New York City residents protected during this time.”

Maury Litwack, executive director of Teach Coalition said the Department’s move is a sign of the City’s commitment to ensuring a safe, sanitary, and healthy environment for all students and staff.

“We commend Councilman Treyger for engaging the Department of Education on this matter as well as the Department of Education for acting quickly to protect all students and school employees here in New York,” Litwack said.

About Teach Coalition
Teach Coalition is at the forefront of the grassroots fight to secure government support for nonpublic schools in North America. This includes increased funding, through grants and allocations, for security enhancements and personnel, STEM education, health and nutrition, and transportation services as well as higher limits on available tax credit scholarships. Teach Coalition currently serves a membership roster of hundreds of schools in six states.