More than 200 people attended Teach NJ’s inaugural annual dinner, “Making History,” on May 15 at the Newark Museum. The organization, a division of the Orthodox Union’s Teach Coalition, aims to make New Jersey’s nonpublic schools safer, stronger, and sustainable.
Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey was the keynote speaker, and he and the state legislature were honored for allocating $22.6 million in security funding for nonpublic schools.
Many interfaith leaders, including representatives of the Catholic and Muslim communities who work with Teach Coalition to advocate for security funding for all religious day schools, were among the guests.
More than 15 state legislators — including Assemblyman Gary Schaer (36th District, Passaic), Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (29th District, Newark), former Gov. Richard Codey (27th District, Livingston) and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (District 37, Teaneck) — were there as well.
The dinner celebrated the historic wins that Teach NJ has secured for the day school and yeshiva community. This year, Teach NJ achieved an unprecedented and historic increase in nonpublic school security funding by doubling the allocation to $22.6 million. It also advocated for the increase in total funding for nonpublic school security, nursing, technology, and textbook aid to a record $50 million for the 2018-2019 school year.
Teach NJ, part of the Orthodox Union’s Teach Coalition, was founded in 2015 to advocate for equitable government funding for nonpublic schools in New Jersey. It has secured an additional $100 million in funding for day schools, which is used to increase security, enhance education, and defray higher tuition costs. Approximately 170 day schools and yeshivas receive support through Teach NJ efforts. For more information, go to teachcoalition.org/nj.