Special Education Services in Yeshivos Issues?

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    The following was not written by YWN, but received via email from a reader:

    Attention all Yidden in New York City:

    There is a major effort being undertaken these days in NYC which will affect our children. This effort is below the radar, and most of us will wake up one day to find out that our children have been undercut by our Mosdos and by Agudas Yisroel.

    There is a national company called Catapult Learning which is slowly taking over the special education in our Yeshivos and Bais Yaakovs. One by one, schools are being pressured into agreeing to accept this company as the sole provider of special services to our kinderlach. The problem is that this company is known nationally for extremely underpaying their teachers.

    What this means for our teachers: A special ed teacher who until now was getting $50-$60 an hour will now get $15-$20 an hour.

    What this means for our kinderlach: The best teachers will simply leave the Yeshivos and Bais Yaakovs and work in the public school system. Our kinderlach will be left with second class teachers who cannot get jobs elsewhere. Our kinderlach will be the big losers.

    Guys, this is serious. Ask any special ed teacher from Lakewood. Catapult Learning has taken over special ed in Lakewood, and all special ed teachers in Lakewood now receive $15-$20 per hour. We KNOW that Catapult has told prospective teachers in Brooklyn that they will receive $15-$20 per hour.

    Many principals are aware of this, and are trying hard to resist the pressure from Agudas Yisroel. However most principals are not aware of the consequences of this decision. Please notify the principals of what may happen if this company will be allowed to monopolize Jewish education in NYC the way they did in Lakewood.

    Spread the word! Call principals! Call NYC BOARD OF ED!

    Most of all, call Agudah at 212-797-9000 x328 and tell them to keep Catapult Learning out of NYC!

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