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Orthodox Jewish groups thank Chuck Schumer for COVID-19 relief package

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Orthodox Jewish groups thank Chuck Schumer for COVID-19 relief package

The National Training Association expressed “sturdy disappointment” at what it called a “Betsy DeVos-period” policy, relating to former President Donald Trump’s education secretary.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
 

MARCH 16, 2021 04: 21

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) delivers remarks beside Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) on COVID-19 relief, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, February 11, 2021.  (photo credit: REUTERS/TOM BRENNER/FILE PHOTO)

Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-NY) delivers remarks beside Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) on COVID-19 relief, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, February 11, 2021.

(photo credit ranking: REUTERS/TOM BRENNER/FILE PHOTO)

After winning lobbying by Orthodox Jewish groups and others, Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer tucked $2.75 billion in support for non-public faculties into the $1.9 trillion pandemic rescue package.

The transfer got here over the objections of some Democratic leaders, alongside side Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and public college advocates who bear fought efforts to funnel federal money to private faculties. The National Training Association expressed “sturdy disappointment” at what it called a “Betsy DeVos-period” policy, relating to former President Donald Trump’s education secretary.

The funding did accumulate up a shock endorsement from Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers and a frequent critic of executive support for sectarian education. She informed The New York Times “it’d be a ‘shonda’ if we didn’t the truth is present the emotional strengthen and nonreligious supports that every person of our young of us need excellent now,” using the Yiddish phrase for “scandal.”

Nathan Diament, public policy director at the Orthodox Union, thanked Schumer, a New York Democrat.

“It’s soundless the case that 10 p.c of America’s college students are in nonpublic faculties, and they are correct as impacted by the disaster because the barely a number of 90 p.c,” Diament informed The Times.

A previous coronavirus stimulus signed by Trump in December incorporated $2.75 billion for non-public faculties hit exhausting by the pandemic, a transfer backed by Orthodox and Roman Catholic groups. The most recent package directs governors to prioritize the non-public-college funding for faculties serving deprived college students and non-public faculties “most impacted” by the virus, in accordance to Training Week.

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Orthodox Jewish groups thank Chuck Schumer for COVID-19 relief package