VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Governor Cuomo Visits Yeshiva Shaare Torah In Flatbush To Discuss His ‘Parental Choice in Education Act’ [UPDATED]


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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed a major gathering in the heart of the Flatbush Jewish community on Sunday afternoon.

The Governor visited Yeshivat Shaare Torah, located on Coney Island Avenue, between Avenues M & N, to discuss his new “Parental Choice in Education Act.”

This is a bold legislative proposal that would for the first time in the history of New York create a tuition tax credit that could make a real difference for thousands of needy tuition paying families in our community.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today rallied for the Parental Choice in Education Act, which will support and protect alternative school options for parents and students across New York State. Announced last week by the Governor, the Act will provide $150 million in education tax credits annually that reach across a variety of aspects in the education system.

The Governor joined parents, students, elected officials and community leaders​ at Yeshiva Shaare Torah in Brooklyn to rally support for the Parental Choice in Education Act.

“This is about fairness and this is about parents choosing the school that is right for their children,” Governor Cuomo said. “We must reward donations to support public schools, give tax credits to teachers who pay for classroom supplies out of pocket, and ease the financial burden on families who exercise choice in sending their children to a nonpublic school. I am pleased to join with local leaders who support these critical issues and understand how we need to get this done.”

The Act provides for $150 million in education tax credits annually that will provide:

1. Tax credits to low-income families who send their children to nonpublic schools,
2. Scholarships to low- and middle-income students to attend either a public school outside of their district or a nonpublic school,

3. Incentives to public schools for enhanced educational programming (like after school programs); and,

4. Tax credits to public school teachers for the purchase of supplies

400,000 students, or approximately 15 percent of all students in New York State attend nonpublic schools which provide an important educational alternative in virtually every corner of New York State – and especially so in communities where the existing public schools are failing. There are currently 178 failing public schools in New York State – many of which have been failing for ten years or more.

Despite their importance as alternative options for parents and students in failing schools, many parochial schools in New York State are experiencing financial hardship, and parents can face steep costs to enroll their children in such schools. Statewide, more than 75 parochial schools have closed in just the last five years, and average tuition can reach as high as $8,500 per student annually.

Therefore, the Parental Choice in Education Act will support important alternatives for parents across the state – especially important for low-income families.

Family Choice Education Credit

This $70 million portion of the Parental Choice in Education Act will provide credits to families of nonpublic school students. Families with incomes below $60,000 per year would qualify for up to $500 per student for tuition expenses to nonpublic schools. This will benefit approximately 140,000 children and approximately 82,000 families across the state.

Education Scholarship and Program Tax Credit

This portion of the Parental Choice in Education Act includes two components. The first provides $50 million in credits to support scholarships for low-income and other students in grades P-12 who attend nonpublic schools. The second provides $20 million in credits to fund educational programs at public schools and supporting not-for-profit organizations.

$67 Million in Scholarships for Low-Income Students Attending Private Schools in Grades P-12: This tax credit totaling $50 million will expand access to nonpublic schools for families who may not be able to afford tuition by funding $67 million in scholarships to help low-income and other students attend private or out-of-district public schools. Individuals and businesses can receive a tax credit for up to 75 percent of their donations made to not-for-profit organizations that award scholarships to students in grades P-12. Those organizations will award scholarships to private and out-of-district public schools based on financial need of the students’ families.

$27 Million for Public School Programs: Under this portion of the Education Scholarship and Program Tax Credit, public school students and educators will benefit from $27 million in new funds for education improvement programs. Individuals and businesses will be able to receive a total of $20 million in tax credits for up to 75 percent of their donations made to public schools and not-for-profits that support public schools’ educational programs, including Pre-Kindergarten and extended-day programs.

Instructional Materials and Supplies Credit

This $10 million component of the Parental Choice in Education Act provides a tax credit of up to $200 per public school educator to support the purchase of instructional materials and supplies for use in teachers’ classrooms. This credit will benefit educators and students throughout the state, and will be administered on a first come, first served basis.

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  1. Do we still get the money if teach our children that the Torah says that homosexuals are chayav misah?

    We see from this indecent especially the pictures of little children posing as props for Cuomo YMS that money trumps the Torah RL

    The Greeks, Romans, Christians, etc. made a humongous mistake when trying to get us to give up the Torah, they should have offered to pay for our Yeshivas and then we would have willingly given it up ourselves.

    They wouldn’t even have to deliver us the money we accept promises of money on trust alone.

  2. It is deplorable to see all those smiling people in the first row soaking up and in all the chanifah they can absorb before choking on it.

    What have these phoney askanim done for middle class families, the ones who go out each and every day to make an honest living and end up paying high taxes and for what?
    I am sick and tired of “low-income” people getting EVERYTHING in this state and city. Tell them to go work for a living. Give us, the people who pay taxes, something. You FJJCCC or whatever people make me ill.

  3. create a tax exempt Torah teaching outreach program for each school each outreach program should hire all the rabbi’s and the morah’s of each school make sure they only teach TORAH STUDIES(not any secular studies or dikduk Hebrew language) our yeshivot should contract these tax exempt Torah teaching outreach programs to teach in their yeshivot

    our tuition to out yeshivot should be paying for all secular studies and dikduk/taamim

    our tax exempt donations should be donated to our Torah teaching outreach programs that hire the rabbi’s and the Morah’s

    i am no expert but if each organization keeps their perspective i dont see why not