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May Day for Christian Schools

“Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.” — Ezekiel 33:4

The State Department of Education is planning to release the new Guidelines for Non-Public Schools later this month – maybe.

During the recent State Budget negotiations, Senator Simcar Felder (D-Brooklyn) insisted on an exemption or a moratorium on increased academic oversight of ultra- Orthodox Yeshivas. It is the controversy surrounding these schools that started the whole revision process.

Senator Felder has some power in the State Senate because he conferences with the Republicans, helping them maintain their majority status.

He finally agreed to some compromise language, and the budget passed ($165.3 billion).

The Executive Committee of the Commissioner’s Non-Public School Advisory Committee met with the Commissioner and insisted that a religious freedom clause be included in the new guidelines and requested more time. The Commissioner seemed open to the first, but not the second.

So, barring any further delays, I expect the new Guidelines to be release later this month.

It is vital that our schools be prepared.

Therefore, I am asking ALL of our Pastors and School Administrators to join me in Albany on May 1.

I have asked Dr. Christina Coughlin, the Director of the State Office for Religious and Independent Schools (SORIS), to brief us on the new Guidelines. She has assured me that she will be able to do so, whether the Guidelines have been released or not. She and her staff will join us for lunch.

James Cultura, Lobbyist for the Non-Public Schools, and Jamison Coppola, Legislative Director for the American Association of Christian Schools, will give us Legislative Briefings.

I will lead a Q & A and give my perspective on the new Guidelines and our response to them. It is important that we stand together – and we can’t if we are not informed.

Please make this meeting a priority! The State Department of Education is planning to release the new Guidelines for Non-Public Schools later this month – maybe.
During the recent State Budget negotiations, Senator Simcar Felder (D-Brooklyn) insisted on an exemption or a moratorium on increased academic oversight of ultra- Orthodox Yeshivas. It is the controversy surrounding these schools that started the whole revision process.
Senator Felder has some power in the State Senate because he conferences with the Republicans, helping them maintain their majority status.
He finally agreed to some compromise language, and the budget passed ($165.3 billion).
The Executive Committee of the Commissioner’s Non-Public School Advisory Committee met with the Commissioner and insisted that a religious freedom clause be included in the new guidelines and requested more time. The Commissioner seemed open to the first, but not the second.
So, barring any further delays, I expect the new Guidelines to be release later this month.
It is vital that our schools be prepared.
Therefore, I am asking ALL of our Pastors and School Administrators to join me in Albany on May 1.
I have asked Dr. Christina Coughlin, the Director of the State Office for Religious and Independent Schools (SORIS), to brief us on the new Guidelines. She has assured me that she will be able to do so, whether the Guidelines have been released or not. She and her staff will join us for lunch.
James Cultura, Lobbyist for the Non-Public Schools, and Jamison Coppola, Legislative Director for the American Association of Christian Schools, will give us Legislative Briefings.
I will lead a Q & A and give my perspective on the new Guidelines and our response to them. It is important that we stand together – and we can’t if we are not informed.
Please make this meeting a priority!