Agudath Israel of Florida is pleased to announce that Governor Scott signed a bill this week to expand the funding sources available to support the Gardiner Scholarship for special needs students and the Corporate Tax Scholarship program. This change has the potential to generate an additional $57.5 million. The Gardiner scholarship program helped over 10,000 students with special needs during the 2017-2018 school year, but due to the la

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Who would you call?

February 23, 2018

Earlier this week I posted a picture of our first ad in a series and received many positive comments. While we are not a law firm, the first ad highlights Agudath Israel's role in defending the religious rights of Orthodox Jews and

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Americans woke up this morning to find that the government shutdown was over before it really started. The budget deal including many things, but one issue of particular importance to Agudath Israel was a measure that enhances the ability of houses of worship and religious schools to apply for FEMA-adminis

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Out of our hands

February 2, 2018

Have you ever planned meticulously for an event only to see something unexpected  happen that destroyed your plans? What if millions of dollars were on the line? How would you react? I got to watch exactly that this week and I left inspired. I traveled to Chicago on Wednesday on the day that thousands of parents across the state were expecting to apply for tuition scholarships worth up to $26,000. The new Illinois scholarship tax credit law,

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Why Yellow?

January 26, 2018

National School Choice Week has become known for its ubiquitous yellow fleece scarves. I don't know if the organizers picked yellow because it reminded them of yellow school buses, because the neon color stands out in a crowd, or simply because it is a happy color, but whatever the reason, the scarves, like school choice are very popular.

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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 a

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Small, but painful mistake

January 15, 2018

In many states (like Maryland and New York), this week marked the beginning of the legislative session. Agudath Israel's team of state and regional directors have assembled an aggressive legislative agenda on behalf of our community and we hope to report about their progress in the week

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Yesterday, the City of Annapolis sprung back to life with the start of the 2018 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly. Among many other things Agudath Israel will be working on this session, securing funding for Jewish schools is, of course, the top priority. The Broadening Options and Opportunities Today (BOOST) pr

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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, don

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