Yeshiva Principals Welcome Federations’ ‘increased Interest’ in Schools

A group of 90 principals of Hebrew day schools from all parts of the United States hailed tonight “the increased interest of Jewish federations” in the financial problems of such schools and expressed the hope that this would lead to greater participation by federations in the financing of the schools.

That stand was taken by the principals as delegates at the fourth annual convention of the National Conference of Yeshiva Principals. The principals, in a resolution approved at the closing session of their convention, also said they agreed that if the federations had faced their “communal responsibility and supported day schools in the same measure that federations support other communal agencies, the need for Federal aid might have been obviated. “

In another resolution, the principals endorsed the efforts of Chairman Newton Minow of the Federal Communications Commission to improve television programing for children. The resolution charged that Mr. Minow’s efforts were being “frustrated by Congress and the television industry” and urged parents to provide the closest possible supervision against “any indiscriminate use” by children of television. They asserted that television now has “an insidious influence” on children.

In another resolution, the principals warned there was “a broad gap” in the Jewish standards of the day school and the homes of its pupils. They urged all day school officials to “work closely with parents” to communicate the school’s programs and goals.

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