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ALBANY, NY – January 31, 2018: The Director of Teach NYS, a nonpartisan organization advocating for government funding in nonpublic schools, testified today in a joint New York State legislative hearing. In his hearing, Jake Adler addressed members of the Finance, Ways and Means, and Education Committees, conveying the importance of education investments in the 2018 state budget.
“I know some will ask how we can afford it this budget year, or why should we give to nonpublic schools when our own public schools are lacking. I am here to implore you – do not advance an us versus them agenda with education funding,” Adler said. “A strong nonpublic school system strengthens the public school system.”
Teach NYS has led a statewide movement for equitable funding in nonpublic schools, advancing legislation for STEM instructional reimbursement, better security, and other resources to improve the quality of nonpublic schools and lower costs. Citing a recent study by John Dunham and Associates, which revealed that nonpublic schools save New York State $11 billion annually, Adler discussed the importance of these initiatives for all New Yorkers.
“Nonpublic schools are a vital part of the educational infrastructure in New York – an infrastructure that we must continue to invest in,” Adler said. “I believe we can find a solution that acknowledges the $11 billion benefit that New York receives because of the nonpublic school parents of this state.”
Teach NYS applauded Governor Cuomo for his 2018 executive budget proposal, which included appropriations for STEM instructional funding in nonpublic schools. It is currently working with allies in the state legislature to ensure the final budget expands upon the governor’s commitment. Before the final budget is revealed on April 1, Teach NYS will send approximately 1,000 students, educators and activists to Albany, where they will meet lawmakers for a day of advocacy. The annual “Mission to Albany” takes place on March 13.
For more information on the Mission to Albany, visit https://teachadvocacy.org/albanymission/
About Teach NYS: Teach NYS is part of Teach Advocacy Network, a nonpartisan organization advocating for equitable funding in nonpublic schools. Since launching in 2013, Teach NYS has successfully advocated for significant policy breakthroughs to benefit nonpublic schools. Teach Advocacy Network operates in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland and California. Teach Advocacy Network is a project of the Orthodox Union.
Communications Director, Teach Advocacy Network
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