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Urge State to Provide More Free Textbooks for New York Yeshivas

A state-wide campaign has been launched in New York by the Commission on Legislation and Civic Action of Agudath Israel of America for the passage of a bill to provide free textbooks from the state government for yeshivas and all non-public schools from kindergarten through the sixth grade, it was announced by Rabbi Moshe Sherer, executive president on the organization.

He recalled the passage in 1965 of legislation providing textbooks to non-public schools from the seventh through the twelfth grades and that after this law was contested in the courts, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality.

In a message to Orthodox Jewish legislative activists throughout New York State. Rabbi Menachem Shayovich, chairman of Agudath Israel’s Legislative Commission, asked that letters be written to legislative leaders in Albany and to local state senators and assemblymen, urging passage of a bill introduced by Senator Leon Gluffreda, chairman of the Senate Education Committee (Bill No. S3505), which extends the book provision law to children from kindergarten through the sixth grade.

He also urged that all letters should stress that the bill should be effective immediately, and that its funding should be included in the supplemental budget for the current 1974 fiscal year.

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