Friday, May 4, 2007

Remembering the "Forgotten Middle"

A few months ago, I pondered what tuition may be doing to the demography of the committed Jewish family. Although there are some universal tuition reduction programs, and some capped tuition programs, the vast majority of schools rely on need-based scholarships. If those at the top of the income bracket can afford to pay tuition, and lower income families qualify for financial aid, where does that leave middle-income families?

The UJC of MetroWest NJ recently announced a campaign to help reduce tuition in three local day schools, which would help ease the load for those in the middle:

"Consider a family making $200,000 with four kids in day school," said Kushner executive director Michael Grad. "The tuition bill can be more than $60,000. Can they make it?"..."If they were making $50,000 it wouldn't be an issue," he said, because a family in that financial situation would be getting assistance…. Schechter families face similar financial challenges, combined with the fact that day school is not as inevitable an option in the Conservative movement as it is among the Orthodox, said Schechter's head of school, Joyce Raynor."We have anecdotal evidence of people who say, 'We're leaving. Please understand we love the school but our financial situation has changed' or 'We're struggling with three children in the school' or 'I've lost my job,' " Raynor said. "Where do they go? They go to public school."

Read the whole article here.

Hat tip: Peretz Rodman, Mifgashim

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this and brining our attention to some programs in the works.