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Teach NYS Cheers DOE Release of $45.8 Million for Classroom Technology in NYC Nonpublic Schools

NEW YORK CITY; February 27, 2020 – After playing an instrumental role in a five-year process that will bring to the City’s nonpublic schools $45.8 million for technology, Teach NYS today applauded the New York City Department of Education’s (“DOE”) release of the funding.

Through DOE’s Smart Schools Bond Act (“SSBA”), nonpublic schools in all five boroughs will receive $201.32 per student to be used towards smartboards, desktop and laptop computers, wireless access points, power supply devices and cords, and a host of other technology tools.

Teach NYS, a division of the Orthodox Union’s Teach Coalition, has set up a designated website (teachcoalition.org/nys/ssba) to provide information for schools as they navigate the funding process.

“Technology is an integral part of classroom instruction, and this additional funding will provide the opportunity for our schools to increase their technological capabilities,” Teach Coalition Executive Director Maury Litwack said. “Our children are entitled to the same level of technology available to public school children and our efforts bring us closer to this goal,”

Yosef Kanofsky, Teach NYS’ director of government programs, added: “We look forward to the tremendous impact these dollars will have on our students and schools. We encourage school administrators and faculty to visit our website. Our staff are prepared to assist schools throughout the process.”

Teach NYS acknowledges the important efforts and collaboration of its partner organizations, including the Catholic Conference, Agudath Israel and the Jewish Education Project.

About Teach NYS

Teach NYS, a division of the Orthodox Union’s Teach Coalition, was founded in 2013 to advocate for equitable government funding for New York nonpublic schools. It has secured additional funding for nonpublic schools, which is used to increase security, enhance education and defray 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.