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Take action on behalf of the 50,000 children being denied an education

Send a message to the New York City Council as part of the Education Budget Hearing. Every year the City Council holds oversight hearings on the Mayor’s proposed budget.

This year’s hearing will be on March 15th and Yaffed is testifying to call attention to the Mayor’s continued inaction, despite the clear mandate that has been placed on the City Department of Education by the State. In fact, the mayor’s proposed budget cuts $143,000 from the Office of Non-Public Schools.

We need the City Council to pressure the mayor to force action, and we need your help to get that done. Please sign the petition here, and your message will be sent directly to the City Council to register your support for strong oversight. Feel free to customize the message or send the basic message you see here.

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I urge the City Council to take action to ensure that the Department of Education is preparing to provide robust oversight to the nonpublic school sector, including conducting school review visits.

Every child has the right to a sound, basic education and it is the responsibility of the Department of Education to regulate nonpublic schools. There are at least 50,000 students in Hasidic yeshivas who are being denied an education in basic subjects. The mayor must adequately fund the office of nonpublic schools and hire school review staff in order to end the educational neglect and ensure the sector is functioning properly.

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It is imperative that the people who hold the power to affect change, do. And your voice can help inspire education officials and political players to take action. Click below to submit a letter to NYC Council Education Committee Chair Rita Joseph. 

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