Students from Rambam Mesivta got up early on March 1 to trek to Albany and participate in the OU’s Teach NYS mission to advocate for additional funding for private school education. After davening Vasikin and eating a quick breakfast, the boys boarded their bus. Currently, the state provides over three billion dollars for public education, while spending one tenth of that on private education. Rambam was represented by students Michael Akhavan, Avraham Balsam, Dovi Breuer, Eli Deutsch, Benjamin Kattan, Aaron Moradi, David Rabinovich, Akiva Schuck and Uriel Sussman.
Thirty-five HANC students, along with Assistant Principal Tziporah Zucker and AP History Teacher Laura Eisner traveled to Albany with the OU’s Teach NYS mission to advocate for more funding for New York private school students, specifically for STEM education. HANC had the largest high school student delegation, but joined dozens of other day schools to express the importance of religious schools system to the state education system overall. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, and other legislators addressed the mission of about 600 people, reiterating their support for the right of New Yorkers to choose a religious education for their children.