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Orthodox schools get federal funding

Several Orthodox Jewish day schools in Houston will receive $70,000 in federal funding.

The schools were notified of the funding last week, according to a statement from the Texas chapter of Agudath Israel of America. The fervently Orthodox umbrella group, in partnership with other faith groups in Houston, successfully lobbied the school board for an expansion of federal support.

The funds are part of a total of $610,000 in federal dollars allocated to private educational institutions. They can be used for supplies, textbooks and staffing expenses for remedial programs, the statement said.

“This allocation provides vital funding for our schools and demonstrates how important entitlement funds are to the educational success of our children,” said Rabbi Yehiel Kalish, Agudah’s national director of government affairs. “We look forward to the day when funding comes to our families in the form of school vouchers – giving parents a real choice when it comes to the education of their children.”

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