The Jewish Standard is privileged to provide a forum for our readers – readers from all corners of our very wide circulation area, readers from all streams of Judaism, readers whose children are grown and readers whose children are growing. And all of those readers, of course, are feeling considerably poorer these days.
Which brings us to the topic of these times: What to do about what is being called – we think correctly – the day-school tuition crisis.
While rabbis and educators have been figuratively tearing their hair and racking their brains to find a solution, parents are entering the conversation. (See page 16 and 17 for a sampling. At least one more submission came in after the page was completed.) After all, parents must pay the bills, which were already scarily high before the economic crunch and now must seem, especially to the large families among us, terrifyingly high.
Of course, the day schools are also having to deal with increasing costs, increasing requests for scholarships, and decreasing funding. To their credit, as we have reported in recent weeks, the schools have been considering a whole rafter of ways to cut costs without cutting quality. The Orthodox Union has been in the forefront here, convening meetings and investigating possibilities.
The OU sent us a press release on Wednesday, too late to make it into the news section of the paper, but as this section was not closed, and as the information in the release was of community-wide interest, we will summarize it here: The New Jersey Association of Jewish Day Schools, a division of the OU’s Yachad, will hold a conference, called “Effective Methods to Help Combat the Economic Crisis Facing Our Schools,” on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School in Teaneck.
The program, for heads of schools, principals, executive directors, and school presidents, will consist of workshops on such topics as getting grants, group insurance, cooperative purchasing, and – perhaps most important – “enhancing communication between schools and lay leadership in a high-stress environment.”
To RSVP or for more information, e-mail Batya Jacob, associate director of the NJAJDS and program director for Yachad’s Our Way for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (551) 404-4447.
And be sure to watch our pages for the “continuing conversation.”