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Teach Florida Tackles Tuition Crisis with Sold-Out First Legislative Breakfast

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(Hollywood FL) A sold out crowd at Teach Florida’s first legislative breakfast included 300 parents, school and Shul leaders, and community members who met with 20 elected officials to express appreciation for $654,000 in state funds for Jewish school security, along with the many programs and services that help our schools and students. Continued funding for Jewish school security is a priority in the upcoming legislative session for Teach Florida, a project of the Orthodox Union.

OU President Moishe Bane welcomed the crowd, stating that tackling the security and tuition crisis is one of the OU’s top priorities.

Dr. Allan Jacob, chairman of Teach Florida, stressed the importance of the state tax credit scholarships that provided $20 million this year alone for 2900 children to attend Jewish schools, while expressing plans to advocate for expanded school choice programs to benefit all children.

As Florida State Representative Randy Fine, the breakfast’s honoree and security funding champion, said, the future is in the community’s hands. “We have school security funding in the budget now but there are bigger and better things ahead. I believe that in this legislature, over the next few years, you will see expanded school choice, but we will need all of your help to get there. Let your representatives, senators and the Governor know that this is something important to you because we do listen. That is why you have elected officials here today.”

“If showing up when it counts is an important part of our advocacy work, today’s sold out crowd shows that the community is majorly engaged in the fight to tackle the security and tuition crisis,” said Mimi Jankovits, Executive Director of Teach Florida. “The community’s involvement in advocacy and voting in 2018 are important for continued government funding and programs.”



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Tax Credit Scholarship Programs

Teach Florida supports this year’s proposed expansion of the tax credit scholarship program for low-income students and the Gardiner and McKay scholarships for special needs children. 2,743 Jewish students are currently attending Jewish day schools and yeshivas on these programs, out of 136,879 total Florida scholarship students.

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Teach Florida works with schools to maximize all available funding and increase funding levels for security.


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Teach Florida helps schools navigate government programs and applications to make sure they receive the funds they are due. Our staff meets with school administrators and boards to review programs. Our goal is to make sure our schools receive the federal, state and local funds available to them.



Our Accomplishments


Florida Accomplishments
  • $17 million in state scholarship funds for 2,743 Jewish students for 2016-17
  • 28% of Florida’s Jewish students are learning in day schools and yeshivas on state mandated scholarship programs
  • $49 million in scholarships since 2011
  • Advocated for successful expansion of tax credit scholarship eligibility and elimination of public school attendance requirement


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  • Dr. Allan Jacob, Founder and Co-chair
  • Daniel Adler, Co-chair
  • Steven Jacoby
  • Evelyn Katz
  • Moshe and Yaffa Popack
  • Lisa Baratz
Click here to see our member schools
  • Beth Emet Elementary School
  • Brauser Maimonides Academy
  • Hadar High School for Girls
  • Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton
  • Katz Yeshiva High School
  • Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy
  • Sha’arei Bina Torah Academy for Girls
  • Torah Academy of Boca Raton
  • Yeshiva Elementary School
  • Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes

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Mimi Jankovits Teach Florida Executive Director
Daniel Aqua Field Director
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