More Tax Credit Haggling Seen In Albany

04/20/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The state legislature and Gov. George Pataki are expected to continue haggling over the scope and nature of a child tax credit following Pataki's budget vetoes last week. The governor, who favors a credit that would aid education spending, nixed a plan ironed out by the Assembly and Senate that would award $330 to the parents of every child in the state between ages 4 and 17. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver intends to override the veto.

Tuition Hikes A Concern In Tax Credit Fight

02/16/1997 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who may hold the key to a state education tax credit, sent the strongest signal yet on Tuesday that he will support the measure. Silver said he was "sympathetic" to the proposal, but reportedly is concerned that a tax break for parents might be meaningless if private schools hike their rates or lower scholarships in response.

Borough Park Battle Over School Plan

12/09/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Faced with a proposed high school they believe will harm the character of their neighborhood, Borough Park leaders called on the city this week to instead send more intermediate school students to the underutilized facility slated to host the new academy. A plan by the Bloomberg administration to house the Kingsborough Early College School at the 16th Avenue site of the Montauk School (an intermediate school capable of accommodating double its current enrollment) has drawn sharp protest from the area's dominant fervently Orthodox community.

Technical Know-How

04/04/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Eyes peeled to a display terminal and wearing headphones, Shmuel Sherman looks like he is enjoying a video game or surfing the Net during a recent late-period class at Yeshivah Derech HaTorah in Brooklyn. But Shmuel and the rest of his sixth-grade class at the Midwood yeshiva are engaged in an intensive and personalized reading experience. “I was reading a story about Nellie Bly,” the 11-year-old reports as he logs off.

Hebrew, Arabic Schools Seen Stretching Boundaries

08/02/2007 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor
Are they academies celebrating two Middle East-centered cultures and languages, or a madrassa and a yeshiva incognito, courtesy of your tax dollars? Two nonsectarian schools slated to open next month are fueling a new debate over the boundaries of culture and religion and whether public educators can separate them in a curriculum that does not violate the Constitution. The debate comes at a time when the government is increasingly chipping away at the wall between church and state.

Arabic Public School Sparks Debate

05/17/2007 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor
The announcement of a planned public school in Brooklyn focusing on Arab culture has taken the city’s education department into uncharted waters, fielding concerns over fundamentalism and the propriety of singling out cultures. Local Jewish groups either favor the creation of the Khalil Gibran International Academy — to open next year for 81 sixth to 12th grade students of all ethnic backgrounds — or have taken no position against it, even as some commentators sound alarms.

Testing The Charter School Waters

01/07/1999 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Jewish educational institutions would have to push the periphery of the recently passed charter schools legislation to derive any benefit, but some say it’s inevitable that some organizations or existing schools will try to do so.

Pols: Close CUNY On Shavuot

02/18/2007 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Some 70 state and city legislators have called on CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein to change the spring calendar so that final exams won’t be given on Shavuot. This is the first year the City University’s 22 institutions have operated on a centralized calendar set by the chancellor’s office rather than on individual schedules. That means thousands of Jewish students across the city may be called upon to take exams on the evening of May 22 or the following two days, when Shavuot is observed.

Day Schools Fear Drain From Charters

09/02/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A Hebrew-English public school that opened last week in Hollywood, Fla., is leading to fears among some Jewish day school administrators nationwide that it could drain students from their institutions. The school also came under withering criticism this week from those who suggested it was deceptive and questioned its motives, saying it might confuse parents into believing it was offering a Jewish education for free.

Summer Of Discovery

01/31/2000 - 19:00
Staff Writer
A four-week summer program that uses academic courses to help high-school students explore the importance of Jewish values, traditions and thought will begin its fourth year July 2 at Brandeis University. “The courses provide intellectual and creative challenges,” said Leslie Grossman, assistant director of the Genesis program at the Massachusetts school. “We have educators who are very familiar with adolescents and who are experts in their field.”
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