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Current Advocacy

Historic Victory for NYS Nonpublic Schools

Teach NYS helped to secure a historic victory for nonpublic schools in the 2018 New York State budget, which allocates $289 million to nonpublic schools. This funding includes a record-breaking $40 million for nonpublic school security and the creation of a new reimbursement program for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instruction.

Teach NYS advanced STEM and security funding as key priorities for the 2018 budget, continuously highlighting the inequity in New York’s education system for nonpublic school students. On March 1, Teach NYS brought an unprecedented group of 600-plus students, parents, teachers, and lay leaders to Albany to urge New York legislators to increase funding for nonpublic schools. Gov. Andrew Cuomo addressed the Teach NYS group and pledged his support.

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Ongoing Advocacy

Maximize Government Funding

Teach NYS 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.

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Our Accomplishments

  • Grew government aid for New York nonpublic schools by $450 million since Teach NYS started in 2013
  • Massive increase in New York State security funding for nonpublic schools, from $4.5 million In 2013 to a record-breaking $40 million in 2017
  • STEM $15 a 200% increase over the previous year's funding
  • $20 million to hire private security guards for New York City’s nonpublic school childcare
  • Secured after-school programming grant from New York legislature for Long Island’s Five Towns
  • CAP: Recommended at $74,784,000 for 2016-17 plus an additional $30 million to close the two year lag time.
  • $111,633,000 to reimburse nonpublic schools for state mandated services (CAP and MSA programs)
  • Successfully advocated for improvement in funding and placement for special needs children in nonpublic schools
  • Successfully worked with our schools to improve funding from all federal, state and local programs, including nursing, busing, library loans, mandated services, free lunch and Title I funding
  • Immunization $7 million, unchanged from the previous year
  • Security $15 million unchanged from the previous year

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  • UJA-Federation of New York
  • Adolph Schreiber Hebrew Academy of Rockland (ASHAR)
  • Barkai Yeshivah
  • Beit Rabban Day School
  • Hebrew Academy of Nassau County [HANC]
  • Hebrew Academy of Long Beach
  • Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns & Rockaway
  • Luria Academy of Brooklyn
  • Magen David Yeshivah
  • Manhattan Day School
  • North Shore Hebrew Academy
  • Ramaz
  • SAR Academy
  • Shulamith School for Girls
  • Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County
  • Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan
  • Solomon Schechter School of Queens
  • Solomon Schechter School of Westchester
  • Westchester Day School
  • Yeshiva of Flatbush
  • Yeshivah of Central Queens

“We are indebted to Teach NYS for essentially teaching us ‘how to fish.’”

– Amanda Pogany, Head of School of Luria Academy
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Our Staff

Maury Litwack Executive Director, Teach Advocacy Network
Jake Adler Teach NYS Director
Annie Watman Grassroots Engagement Director, Teach NYS
Yosef Kanofsky Director of Government Programs, Teach NYS
Sydney Altfield Associate Director, Grassroots Engagement, Teach NYS
Adam Katz Government Programs Associate, Teach NYS
Dory Leviashvili Director of Operations
Avi Spitzer Director of Lay Network Development, Teach NYS

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