The Consortium of Chabad Schools for Federal Title Goods and Services

Private and parochial schools are prohibited from directly receiving government funding. In the 1960s the Johnson administration decided that while funding is disallowed, goods and services may be provided for private school children and the Federal Title programs was the result. Funding was provided through local boards of education for decades, and schools were able to receive goods and services, under conditions varying from state to state. So, for decades Jewish school like other private schools have been receiving goods and services in one way or another.

What is less well understood is the formula by which schools allocations are determined. Also, various agencies in many major metropolitan areas have appointed themselves as the representatives of the Jewish day schools in their area and have been acting as third party providers thus able to actually collect the Title funds and they have then in turn provided services to schools. In areas with smaller Jewish populations, schools have been receiving their entitlements through the local school boards directly.

As time passed it has become increasingly clear that jewish day schools have not been receiving the kind of services to which they are entitled nor have they been receiving their proper, fair allocation of the funding available.

For Mr. Beinish (Bryan) Kaplan, of Los Angeles, has been working with Jewish schools in LA and has effectively forced the school board to fully allocate all the funding to which they are entitled. The Merkos Chinuch Office became aware of Mr. Kaplan’s incredible success and asked him to undertake the advocacy of Chabad schools nationwide. Indeed over the last 12 months or so Chabad schools in a number of metropolitan areas and has made tremendous inroads with local boards of education which, we expect, will result in millions of dollars of goods and services to Chabad schools (and other day schools) annually. What started as a challenge to the status quo regarding federal funding has now blossomed into a veritable movement and the creation of The Consortium of Chabad Schools for Federal Title Goods and Services.

Some of the services you are entitled to are:

-Math and English TBA teachers for students at risk

-Inclusion and services for ALL in the ESL portion of the Title 1 program

-ESL teachers on a TBA schedule

-Professional Development for faculty and staff, as indicated in Title 1

-Educational technology and equipment

 At the last summer Kinusim, in response to Mr. Kaplan’s presentations on federal Title programs, Menahalim and Menahalos of Florida Chabad schools asked to be brought into the loop. Mr. Kaplan has visited various cities around and has been meeting with the Chabad (and other) day school leadership and has successfully negotiated hundreds of thousands of dollars in goods and services for Chabad schools.