Want to Help the Tuition Crisis? Show Up!

89. The percentage of Orthodox families who, according to a recent poll, point to yeshiva tuition as their number one issue of concern.

35. The number of people who bothered to show up at last Sunday evening’s “Tackling the Tuition Crisis” talk, offered free to the public at Congregation Beth Aaron of Teaneck.

100 plus.

The number of empty chairs set up in anticipation of a much bigger attendance.

By Sunday, we’re guessing that most everyone had their sukkahs taken down and put away. We were entering our second week free of holiday food shopping and meal preparations.

So if concern over tuition is by far our number one concern, and the Orthodox Union’s expert on how we can better access local and state funding to defray the high costs of education was addressing the issue, it seems as if a better showing was merited.

If there was a good sign, Maury Litwack, executive director of the OU’s Teach Advocacy Network, spoke to a group consisting of several school presidents, rabbis and heads of schools. The perception was that consumers, better known as yeshiva parents, were noticeably missing from this learning opportunity

Read more of Teach Advocacy Executive Director Maury Litwack’s article on the Jewish Link

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