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On the Ballot November 7: Tax Credit Scholarships

Why your vote this Election Day is key to solving the tuition crisis.

(Courtesy of Teach NJ PAC) On November 7 people across the country will head to the polls to cast their votes for local and state officials. In New Jersey, however, this year’s election holds higher stakes for the Jewish community as we fight for a potential game-changer in Jewish education affordability: tax credit scholarships.

Earlier this year, Florida passed a universal tax credit scholarship program—providing each child in the state, including yeshiva and Jewish day school students, with approximately $8,000 per year in tuition assistance. This has resulted in life-altering savings, as families across Florida have seen their tuition bills slashed. Now, we will be aggressively pursuing the opportunity to bring tax credit scholarships here.

In addition to tax credit scholarships, we are also calling on legislators to provide critical security resources for our schools and institutions. Unfortunately, this funding is needed more than ever, with the devastation in Israel already resulting in a rise in antisemitic incidents here in the U.S. Schools, families and communities are desperate for this funding, and this election will play a key role in achieving these goals.

Here’s how we do it:

This election cycle, we are voting for the entire state Senate and state Assembly—the very people who write the laws and decide how funding, and how much of it, will support Jewish education. Legislators want to provide for their constituents, particularly those who are engaged and who vote.

We have a unique opportunity this year, as numerous legislators who have continually shown unwavering support for the Jewish community are up for reelection—and need our votes to help keep them in office. So, the key here is to vote for these legislators, as well as new candidates who will be champions for our community and will fight for the funding our schools and families deserve. Teach NJ PAC, which advocates for the affordability and safety of nonpublic schools, has taken the guesswork out of who this is—creating an endorsement list of favorable candidates in each district. To see whom you should vote for in this coming election, head to: https://www.teachnjpac.com/

Our path to tax credit scholarships and other essential funding for our schools is simple:

Show up on November 7, make our voices heard by voting for the candidates who will take action for New Jersey’s Jewish community.

Joseph Feldman, Tenafly

Ralph Hanan, West Long Branch

Yitz Stern, Teaneck

Teach NJ PAC board

*Paid for by Teach NJ PAC Inc., 309 Edgewood Avenue, Teaneck, NJ 07666.

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