The Tuition Squeeze: Paying the Price of Jewish Education

By Yossi Prager

Orthodox Union (OU), Fall 2005

In America today, Jewish schools are more necessary than ever to shape young Jews sufficiently dedicated to Torah to withstand the centrifugal pull of an assimilationist American culture. The good news is that Jewish day schools have been among the strongest growth industries in the American Jewish community over the past fifteen years, with enrollment up 35 to 40 percent since the early 1990s. There are over 200,000 students in approximately 760 American day schools. The school budgets are estimated to total $2 billion annually. Philanthropic interest in day schools has also grown, resulting in new programs of various kinds to enhance and grow the field. And yet, there is a sense that many schools are at the precipice of financial crisis. Too often, lay boards struggle to keep schools afloat while parents wonder why already high tuitions keep rising.

Topic: Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Communal Responsibility, Affordability, Advocacy, Day Schools, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Data, Cost

Name of Publication: Jewish Action

Page Number(s): 13-18

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Canada , United States

Language: English

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Prager, Yossi. The Tuition Squeeze: Paying the Price of Jewish Education. Jewish Action. Orthodox Union (OU). Fall 2005: 13-18.


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