The federal government spends billions of dollars annually on education. Many funding programs are earmarked for private and parochial schools as well as public schools. These funding programs are called Title programs, (as they are introduced in legislation) and they offer goods and service rather than funds in order to comply with the “separation” issues.
No direct funding may legally accrue to either a school or a central educational administrative office. Rather, funding is provided to a so called third-party-provider, who is essentially a vendor or contractor for the government.
The Torah Consortium in Los Angeles, under the leadership of Bryan Kaplan, has worked with third-party-providers to maximize allocations and programs for our schools.
This winter the Merkos Chinuch Office was officially approved by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the largest public school system in California, as a vendor and has begun organizing professional development and parenting programs for Chabad and other schools in the city.
The first Professional Development day was held on Monday February 24th for teachers of all five Chabad schools.
The full day program featured Michael Brandwein, an renowned presenter to schools, Rabbi Naphtali Hoff, president of Impactful Coaching & Consulting and Rabbi Nochem Kaplan, director of the Merkos Chinuch Office of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch.
Mr. Brandwein focused on the teacher-student relationship, Rabbi Hoff on effective teaching tools and Rabbi Kaplan on Chinuch lessons from K’lalei HaChinuch V’Hahadracha of the Frierdiker Rebbe.
Rabbi Kaplan spent most of the week visiting Chabad mosdos, meeting with administrators, teachers and addressing students as well as a number of Baalei Batim.
Starting the week after next, the Merkos Chinuch Office will sponsor a 6 week-long series of parenting sessions presented by Mrs. Mashi Benzaquen, MSW. Separate sessions will be held for parents of elementary school and high schools parents, since the issues they face and the strategies parents need to employ vary with the ages of the children. Sessions will be held at a number of schools in the Los Angeles area.
VIDEO: Rabbi Kaplan speaks to talmidim of the Cheder’s 7th & 8th grades about Chof Zayin Adar I