Fresh Updates from RACBlog: Education
NYC Mayor Adds Muslim Holidays to School Closings
Posted on Friday March 06, 2015
After much anticipation, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all public schools in the five boroughs will now be closed for two Muslim holidays: Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the Festival of the Sacrifice, and Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan at the end of the summer (this closing […]
Encouraged by the President’s Budget – But What’s Next?
Posted on Wednesday February 11, 2015
As people of faith, our Jewish values encourage us to advocate for systems that can lift people out of poverty. Jewish history also provides us with an example for helping the needy. During Talmudic times, much of tzedakah (justice) was done though tax-financed, community-run programs that helped those in needed, paralleling the social safety net that we continue […]
Protecting the Rights of Students with Disabilities in Schools
Posted on Tuesday February 10, 2015
Throughout February, we are commemorating Jewish Disability Awareness Month, a unique opportunity to highlight the ways that we as a community can be more inclusive and supportive of people with disabilities. It is important that we keep in mind all the many facets of how so many of the issues we work on at the RAC […]
The Harm that Vouchers Cause
Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015
This week is so-called School Choice Week (January 25-31), when pro-vouchers advocates try to take over the narrative and promote their views that the privatization of public funding into vouchers and tax credits promotes educational opportunities and expands choices for parents and students. They could not be more wrong. School vouchers are a form of government […]
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