Alliance, this resolution, if passed, by the assembly, is expected to carry weight with the Board of Education because the Board frequently calls on the assembly for assistance of one kind or another. It may be particularly effective at this time, it was suggested, in view of the fact that the Board of Education is petitioning the assembly to increase its allotment of State aid.
Assemblyman Schanzer, pointing out that there are approximately 2,000,000 Jews in the City of New York whose children would be forced to absent themselves from school for two days if it opens on September 10, took occasion to remind the assemblymen that “the policy of broad and liberal government is also to allow for the religious faith and sensibilities of its citizens.”
SEES NO HARM IN POSTPONEMENT
“I can see no injury,” Assemblyman Schanzer said in offering the resolution, “in postponing of the school session for a period of two days and at the same time accommodating a host of its citizens. It would also be a very welcome gesture of good will in this day of injustice and of intolerance in some lands.”
Efforts to induce the Board of Education to defer the date of opening the fall session of school were undertaken by the Jewish Sabbath Alliance early this month when the board announced the September 10 reopening. A letter by the Alliance, signed by its president, Dr. Bernard Drachman, brought a reply from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Harold G. Campbell that the Board of Super intendents, after careful consideration of the matter, had decided to open as originally scheduled.