The Orthodox Union, the nation’s largest representative Orthodox Jewish organization‚ representing nearly 1,000 Congregations and Day Schools nationwide‚ is grateful to Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey for partially restoring the Non Public School Technology grant at $20 per student in this coming year’s budget.
“While we would have liked to have seen the grant fully restored to the $40 level it was at before it was eliminated in the final budget of Governor Corzine, we understand the fiscal realities and appreciate this significant first step in increased funding for Non Public Schools and their families”, says Josh Pruzansky, the Orthodox Union’s New Jersey Director of Political Affairs and Public Policy.
“Governor Christie is a strong supporter of the Non Public School community and has on many occasion expressed his desire to help our families better afford their children’s education”, Pruzansky continued, “ I am confident that as the economy recovers the Governor will find the funding sources that will make that goal possible”.
The Orthodox Union would also like to express its appreciation to the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees led by Chairmen Senator Paul Sarlo and Assemblyman Vincent Prieto and Vice Chairmen Senator Brian Stack and Assemblyman Gary Schaer for restoring the technology funding to the Legislative Budget.
“We will continue advocating for increased funding for Non Public School families and we look forward to meeting with the Governor and Legislative leadership in the days and weeks ahead to find creative solutions that will ensure the fiscal viability of our educational institutions and families”, Pruzansky said.