Gov. Cuomo says Yeshivas’ Funding will not Suffer Cuts in 2021
By Yehudit Garmaise
The federal government has provided $248 million dollars for non-public schools to ensure that yeshiva and non-public school community would not suffer any major cuts this year.
The funds, which are coming from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA), will come in handy in 2021, a year in which New York faces a $15 billion deficit that has resulted from COVID-19 related expenses, Gov. Cuomo said as he released his 2021-22 executive budget this week.
Agudath Israel applauds the CRRSA because the act ensures that yeshivas and other private schools receive funding that is equal to the funds that public schools with receive.
In addition, CRRSA also absolved schools’ liability for any losses they suffered after being forced to close in the spring of 2020 because of COVID-19.
“We were particularly pleased that our schools, who work so hard in educating their students, were ‘held harmless’ for school closures,” said Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, who is Agudath Israel’s director of New York government relations. “We will continue to work with our friends in the legislature and the executive office to hold the line on any further reductions and should additional federal funds or other revenue sources become available, to pass on accordingly.”
Although both houses of the New York legislature will vote on the state’s final budget agreement before April 1, Mr. Shlomo Werdiger, the chairman of Agudath Israel's Board of Trustees, expressed his gratitude that yeshivas are protected in the first step of this year’s budget.
"We are extremely thankful to Gov, Cuomo for not overlooking the needs of the non-public school community, despite the large deficits incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic," Mr. Werdiger said.
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