SMART SCHOOLS – Money for independent and religious schools will be available if we vote on Election Day

I am a member of the UJA-Federation Day School Advocacy Committee and I just learned that there is an opportunity to vote on the upcoming Election Day for a bond act which will give more money to “Smart Schools” to upgrade and enhance technology, broadband etc.  I wanted to be sure you know about it for all independent and religious school children.  Many families would benefit from this but may be uninformed about the issue – I know I was before our committee meeting this week!
I plan to pass this along widely and wanted you to see it ASAP. 

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Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014 

5775 is lining up to be a landmark year for day schools in the UJA-Federation of New York catchment area. As you know, we have expanded our institutional commitment to day schools through the launch of the Day School Challenge Fund, a $50 million effort which will help Jewish schools throughout the regions grow their institutional endowments through a 1 to 3 match.

Tel: 1.212.980.1000

Fax: 1.212.888.7538

http://www.ujafedny.org

Memorandum

We continue as well to represent the needs of day schools to elected officials and to work to help secure government investment in vital education resources. As we have discussed with many of you, the Smart Schools Bond Act, if approved by voters, promises to help generate a significant portion of up to $125 million in new technology and broadband upgrades for the religious and independent school community in New York State. Therefore we are asking you to help raise awareness in your communities about this initiative.

Please consider sending the following informational message (or a variation thereof) to your community and networks before election day, November 4th:

Jewish Day Schools and Yeshivot will be eligible to receive classroom technology and high-speed broadband connectivity upgrades as part of the “Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014” that will appear on the 2014 ballot on November 4. If passed, the Act authorizes the sale of up to $2 billion in state bonds, of which all religious and independent schools can equitably benefit, with the potential to receive a significant portion of $125 million dollars in new educational technology. 

Funding from the Smart Schools Program will be provided only if the Bond Act is approved by the voters. 

As always, thank you for the work you do in helping us advocate for Jewish education. Please share the news that this bond is on the ballot with your friends, networks and synagogues!

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