Baltimore Jewish High School Shutting Down
01/17/11
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(JTA) -- A Baltimore Jewish day school will close its high school division at the end of the school year due to financial problems.

Yeshivat Rambam, which opened 10 years ago, announced Sunday that it would close its high schools for boys and girls while working to strengthen the enrollment and retention of its middle and elementary schools, as well as its kindergarten and early childhood programs, the Baltimore Jewish Times reported.

Sixty-three students are enrolled in the boys' high school and 33 in the girls' school. The total enrollment at Yeshivat Rambam is 350.

Working to keep the high school going could jeopardize the entire school, school president Abba David Poliakoff told the newspaper.

In recent years the school has suffered cash flow and debt problems, the Baltimore Jewish Times reported.

Poliakoff sent a letter home to school parents on Jan. 13 announcing the closing of the high school, saying that it has become apparent that the school could not financially sustain its current structure.

"Rambam is laboring under a mountain of debt that has accumulated," he wrote in the letter, which was reprinted in the newspaper. "The school struggles month to month, in uncertain economic times, hampered by cash flow deficiencies. All this and more prevent growth and effective maintenance of staffing and programming excellence in the high school and other divisions. A point has been reached where Yeshivat Rambam must be restructured to survive."

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03/01/2011 - 10:39

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this school is having problems and difficulties because bunch of clowns running it. the founder of the school is the one that should have been there and not pushed out. once she was gone it all fell apart. i think hashem has something to do with it. it is easy to put the blame on economy and other issues you should think again....i think not. half of the teachers at rambam do not have teacher's degrees as required in the state of MD. many student's parents that left the school complained about quality of teaching. it is cheaper to have unqualified teachers, no extra curriculum, no after school program, poorly maintained and dirty facilities. that's the real reason why the school is having problems. when you pay for private school top dollars this are the expectations: at least teachers with teaching degrees, good healthy food program, after school program and not babysitting, clean facilities and space for children to play when the weather is bad. none of these are satisfactory at rambam. and again these are the real reasons why school is failing.

It is tragic that that the economic collapse of this country is jeopardizing our freedom of religion. While one school closing may seem small, overall we must remember that we came here for Freedom of Religion. The current economic policies are endangering security for the middle class. This in turn, cripples our ability to educate our children as we see fit. In communist Russia, it was near to impossible to get a religious education for your child. In capitalist America, that situation is also playing out. Not only is it crucial for the 99 children who attend this school to be given a Jewish education, it is crucial for the Jewish community to raise children who will become knowledgeable leaders. Anyone who is benefitting from the extension of the Bush Tax cuts should step forward now.

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