Tag: Jewish schools

The warmth of Florida (and Arizona) suns

Allan Jacob, a North Miami Beach nephrologist and chairman and CEO of Physicians Dialysis, wrote last week for the Wall Street Journal about the decision of many New York Orthodox Jews to relocate to Florida: So why did Rabbi Yisrael Taussig leave Brooklyn to start a community in Wimauma? Malka[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: charter schools in Washington, vouchers in Wisconsin, Uncommon Schools & more

National. Uncommon Schools wins the 2013 Broad Prize for outstanding charter school network (Education Week). U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan praises charter schools for recent improvements but criticizes some for excluding high rates of students through disciplinary actions (Education Week). Tax credit scholarship programs are boosting Jewish day schools and yeshivas[Read More…]

New advocacy group to focus on helping Jewish day schools thrive

Finances were always a struggle for the Hebrew Academy of Tampa Bay, a small Jewish day school in Florida. But when the economy tanked a few years ago, the struggle turned into a fight for survival. “We had to go out and find those dollars,’’ said Sulha Dubrowski, the school’s[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Gifted students, cyberbullying, teacher pay cuts & more

Tax hike: Seminole County schools Superintendent Walt Griffin says his district needs another 1-mill tax on county property to pay for a slew of school improvements. Orlando Sentinel. Digital divide: Over the next few years, computers will play an even bigger role in public education. StateImpact Florida. Summer lunch: And breakfast at[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: North Carolina’s voucher bill, Tennessee’s virtual ed cap, Mississippi’s charters & more

Texas: The State Board of Education votes to urge lawmakers to reject school vouchers – or any other mechanisms that reduce funding to public schools (Texas Tribune). Orthodox Jews, Catholics and leaders of other religious groups joined forces with private school advocates to rally for tax credit scholarships(The Yeshiva World News). California: L.A.[Read More…]

Why is a parenting organization working against so many parents?

From the beginning, when my children were barely out of pull-ups, I was a school-choice mom. Living in a rural area, surrounded by cows and NASCAR flags, I insisted on driving 45 minutes one way, every day, so my kids could attend a Jewish preschool. Despite massive headaches caused by[Read More…]

A closer look at Marco Rubio’s proposal for federal tax credit scholarships

Eleven states currently offer tax credits to specified taxpayers who make contributions to tax-exempt non-profit organizations that in turn use those contributions to fund scholarships for qualifying, financially-needy, elementary and/or secondary school students attending private schools. This fairly recent development is currently empowering perhaps 150,000 lower-income families, who generally are[Read More…]