By Rabbi Avi Schnall, New Jersey Director, Agudath Israel of America
This morning the New Jersey State assembly and senate committees passed the new budget for fiscal year 2014 -15.
Included in the budget were substantial increases for non public schools.
$2.441 million for non public school technology initiative
$ 2.159 million for non public school nursing services
And the removal of the “Not withstanding language” which limits non public school nursing services to $77.20.
By the end of the week the governor will need to sign the new budget. It is crucial at this time that we reach out to the Governor and request that the governor approve the budget.
Agudath Israel New Jersey office is working tirelessly to make an impression on the governor WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please contact the governor 609-292-6000. www.nj.gov/governor/contact and request the governor to approve the new budget.
By Josh Pruzansky, New Jersey Regional Director, OU Advocacy
By the end of this week, Governor Christie will sign the New Jersey state budget-and with it, we hope he will approve the increased funding allotted for non-public schools that is included in the legislative budget.
But we need your help to make that happen.
Early Wednesday morning, June 25th, the New Jersey State Assembly and Senate Budget Committees both passed the State Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.
Included in the budget were significant increases for both non-public school technology aid and non-public school nursing aid.
Those increases will now provide technology funding to New Jersey Jewish day schools to within 90 percent of where it was in 2009 and will — for the first time — adequately fund nursing services for non-public school students.
Both houses of the State Legislature will vote on the budget on Thursday, June 26th. If passed, the budget will go to Governor Christie for signature.
We need the community’s help now — in the next 36 hours — by reaching out to Governor Christie and asking him to approve the funding increases for non-public school students. Write to Governor Christie or call his office at 609-292-6000 and urge him to approve the increased technology and nursing aid for non-public schools!
Thank you for your support of New Jersey’s Jewish day schools.