Friday, December 09, 2005

Proposal for free schooling

A pipe dream.

JTA:

Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, outgoing chancellor of the Conservative movements Jewish Theological Seminary, proposed free Jewish education for every child whose family belongs to a JCC or synagogue of any denomination.
Announcing his bold entitlement proposal Thursday at the end of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaisms biennial convention in Boston, Schorsch described it as a strategy to combat the Jewish communitys growing attrition rate. Every Jewish child has a birthright to a serious Jewish education, Schorsch said, but that doesnt come automatically the family must actively affiliate, with some denomination. Schorsch proposed that Jewish federations pay most of the cost, referring to the immense legacy funds at federations that could be earmarked for the project.


Give a specific, realistic proposal.

What will keep schools from raising their tuition more than the allocated fund?
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 1:40 AM

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What will keep schools from raising their tuitiallocated the alocated fund?"

Exactly. This is why I have always been against vouchers. The vouchers will certainly not cover full tuition, and if by some chance they do, the schools will raise the full tuition. They will then count the vouchers against part of the tuition, and have the parents pay the rest. The parents will then be paying twice: once for their usual tuition payment, and a second time in the taxes that will no doubt be needed to raise funds for vouchers. It will end up costing the parents more. Only the schools will gain.

Original Anonymous

1:51 AM  
Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

They will then count the vouchers against part of the tuition, and have the parents pay the rest.

And then the parents will send their children to a school that does let them benefit from the fund/voucher. Why would a frum community do that to itself?

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe then the teachers would be paid a livable wage...

11:01 AM  
Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Maybe then the teachers would be paid a livable wage...

It could be that the teachers would also benefit, but they would never arrange things so that the parents do not benefit at all, which is what you argue above. We are talking about one of the most crushing financial burdens faced by a religious family. A school is one of the institutions that a frum community provides for itself.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous SephardiLady said...

You can control the cost of tuition by only offering vouchers to schools that meet certain guidelines regarding expenses, salaries, etc.

While the Chancellor's idea is probably a pipe dream, Hashem should grant him the strength to pursue this dream.

3:17 PM  

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