By COLlive reporter
Yeshivos in Crown heights have started receiving services which will total more than $1,000,000 this year and as much as $3.4 million next year, COLlive.com was told.
This monies were given thanks to efforts by the Chabad Consortium of Schools, an association created last year by the Merkos Chinuch Office to maximize the benefit of Federal educational funding programs at Chabad schools.
Private and parochial schools are prohibited from directly receiving government funding. Schools are however, entitled to receive goods and services.
For decades, Jewish schools did not receive the full measure of Federal services to which they are entitled. This is changing rapidly with the association reaching out to other yeshivos to assure that they too would be able to maximize their Federal funding potential.
More than 10 mosdos in Boro Park (which enroll nearly than 10,000 children) have already joined the association, says Rabbi Nochem Kaplan, Director of the Chinuch Office, the education division of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch.
Rabbi Kaplan and and Bryan Kaplan (no relation), a Los Angeles school advocate who is the director and power engine of the association, visited Washington DC this past week for a series of meetings.
Ron Petracca, an attorney at the US Department of Education for Title programs, said that even though he met with education delegations for decades; he had “never received as much insight as to how the programs work at ground level,” as he did during this meeting.
This comment came after two hours of a scheduled one hour meeting a meeting at the Department of Education.
A marathon of four such meetings was conducted at the Education Department, in addition to a meeting with the educational liaison at House Majority Leader, Rep. Eric Canter‘s office.
The delegation, which included Dr. Martin Schloss, the head of the Day School department of the NY Board of Jewish Education and representatives of the chassidic community in Boro Park, met with the heads of the various Title programs to share with them the particular needs of yeshiva students.
“These meetings have strengthened our on-going relationship with the leadership at the Department of Education and we have great expectations of the future,” said Rabbi Kaplan.