Tomorrow: Roshei Yeshiva Encourage Participation in NJ School Choice Rally


bmg-letter-school-choice[Letter below.] The Lakewood roshei yeshiva, Rav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler and Rav Dovid Schustal, have signed a letter encouraging Yidden to participate in a rally at the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton this Thursday on behalf of school choice in the Garden State.

One of the foremost issues that our kehillos struggle with is the high cost of education. Up until now, pleas to elected state officials for any form of financial relief for non-public school students have fallen on deaf ears. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, however, having made education reform a major policy goal of his administration, has expressed an understanding and willingness to explore new ways of granting financial help to private school students. He is interested in receiving the report of the Non-Public Education Funding Commission whose task is to propose solutions for the difficulties faced by the non-public school community by June 1.

Several members of the Lakewood kehillah were appointed to this Commission. For the last several months, these members, along with other concerned individuals, have been working together with Agudas Yisroel of New Jersey to encourage members of the State Legislature to recognize the need to grant some financial relief to the non-public school students in New Jersey.

The first stage of this battle is set to take place in the Statehouse in Trenton this Thursday. With the encouragement of the Governor and legislators sympathetic to the cause, the New Jersey Legislature is set to consider passage of the Opportunity Scholarship Act, which is a Corporate Tax Scholarship Bill.

While passage of this bill is only a small first step, the opponent, the NJEA, sees it for what it is: an important victory towards the eventual goal of vouchers or other serious financial aid to private school students. The union has therefore committed its resources to lobby public opinion and fight against this important bill every step of the way.

The Igud Hamosdos, representing the more than 20,000 students in Lakewood’s local mosdos, is joining together with Agudas  Yisroel of New Jersey and other members of a statewide coalition of School Choice Advocacy Groups in an effort to demonstrate to the legislature the wide base of support from across the State in favor of passing this bill .

A rally will take place this Thursday at 11: 30 a.m. Buses will be leaving from Forest Avenue and 9th Street in Lakewood at 8:45 a.m. There will be no charge.

Click here to view the letter signed by Rav Kotler and Rav Schustal.

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  1. The only problem seems to be is that ppl that wont qualify because they make over $60,000 or whatever the limit will be will be burned and will have much higher tuition bills get it ??!