It was a race that would be decided by milliseconds. The prize? Up to $13,000 in tuition scholarships for each child wishing to attend private school. The competition? 40,000 fellow parents. The challenge? Be of the first to fill out an online application form for a new state tax credit scholarship program. Due to limited funds  and a legally-mandated, first-come first-served policy, the scholarship organization can only award scholarships t

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Some came for the free yellow scarves. Others came to highlight their school. In many states they came out to thank legislators for supporting existing school choice programs and in some states they gathered to ask lawmakers to enact new school choice legislation. By the end of the week, more than 32,000 events were scheduled to take place to celebrate National School Choice Week (NSCW). Agudath Israel and the school communities it represents p

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Couldn’t Wait

January 19, 2018

National School Choice Week (NSCW) begins on Sunday, but some people just couldn't wait. Yesterday, Rabbi Sadwin joined Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and members of Congress at an early NSCW celebration at the Capitol (see here for some exciting school choice news out of Maryland). Next week, Agudath Israel and

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan released his FY 2019 state budget this week. In it he included a record allocation of funds for nonpublic schools. Continuing on his promise delivered in December 2016 at the BOOST (Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today) Program appreciation event hosted at Bais Yaakov of Baltimore, the Governor once again increased the BOOST funding in the budget from $7 million to $9 million. He also provided cont

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It didn’t take long. Illinois donors, including many from the Jewish community, generously pledged more than $36 million for private school scholarships in just one day. The pledges were the first step in the implementation of the new $100  million  Illinois Scholarship Tax Credit program. Tuesday was the first day for individuals and corporations to reserve tax credits through the Illinois Department of Revenue. Under the new program, donor

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With the 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly nearing completion, the Legislature spent considerable time this week finalizing the state's FY18 budget. Nonpublic schools fared well despite a session of highs and lows as the cherished funding programs became the target for increased opposition and hostility. In the end, the BOOST (Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today) Scholarship program received additional funds, enabl

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