Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announced today a $25 million security grant for nonpublic schools. The move was applauded by Teach NYS, a project of the Orthodox Union advocating on behalf of Jewish day schools in New York.
“We are thankful to Gov. Cuomo for responding to the urgency of this issue,” Moshe Bane, President of the Orthodox Union, said in a statement. “His leadership is greatly appreciated.”
Maury Litwack, the executive director of the Teach Advocacy Network, described the $25 million grant as “a culmination of years of hard work and advocacy, and we will continue to fight to make sure all students have the security they deserve – regardless of which school they attend.”
In a telephone press conference Tuesday, Litwack emphasized the need for security funding at nonpublic schools, particularly in light of the rise in anti-Semitic incidents, such as the recent vandalism of a St. Louis Jewish cemetery and waves of bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers across the country.
Teach NYS says its mission is to “strengthen the nonpublic school community and ensure that all children have the opportunity to receive a strong religious and secular education.”
The organization noted that its advocacy in 2015 resulted in the New York City Council voting “overwhelmingly in favor of Introduction 65-A Monday afternoon, a bill to fund school security guards covering nearly 200,000 of New York City’s non-public schoolchildren.”