Statement from Agudath Israel New Jersey on Return of Jobs to Paraprofessionals in Lakewood

avi schnall agudah njThe following is a statement from Agudath Israel’s New Jersey Director Avi Schnall regarding the return of the paraprofessionals’ jobs within the school district:

The Agudath Israel New Jersey office welcomes the Lakewood School administration’s decision to issue contracts to hundreds of Title I paraprofessionals serving nonpublic school students.

Originally, the BOE had announced new onerous requirements that excluded hundreds of existing teachers hired by third party providers. This decision led to thousands of students not receiving required services.

Over the past several weeks, we have been advocating for a resolution to this crisis. On Thursday afternoon the administration conceded to our request and new contracts were issued. The children can now receive their services and the teachers can go back to work!

Agudath Israel thanks the district for acting in the best interests of the students and allowing them to resume their much needed services.


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  1. Great Job, R’ Avi. Great speech. Almost as good as ur pre-Mussaf speech at Oorah, Rosh Hashana 5774. You Rock !! And congrats to the Paras that got their jobs back.

  2. Nice statement and htzlacha with your new position.
    There were a lot of people that put in a lot of work to make this happen.
    I’m sure agudath Israel did a lot of advocating too, but to simply state “they conceded to your request” sounds like simply taking credit for something that wasn’t your own doing”

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