CAJE Secures Over Half Million in Title Funding for Day Schools

Posted on 05/07/2020 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: Jewish Schools & Educational Services

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·  Did you know that the Federal government sets aside Title funding for non-public schools?

·  Did you also know that in order for our Day Schools to access these funds, they need to be part of a consortium that works with the local school district to ensure the monies are distributed fairly?

In our community, CAJE is the organization through which our Jewish day schools are able to access these Federal funds! 

The funding CAJE accesses for the schools fall under 2 categories:

  • TITLE IIA, which provides funding for professional development,
  • TITLE IV, which provides funding for resources to support each child receiving a well-rounded education.

Over the last 9 years, CAJE has leveraged over $540,000 in Title funding for our 10 Federation-funded schools.

That’s not to say that those funds don’t come with certain restrictions. For example, Title IV only allows for 15% of the school’s allocation to go towards technology. However, once the world went virtual, CAJE sprang into action and advocated to remove the Title IV restriction to get more funds for the increased technology needs of our day schools.

The result?
CAJE enabled our schools to access over $110,000, allowing them to procure much needed technology devices for the school and its students to continue virtual learning.

Through the assistance of CAJE we have been able to complete the paperwork and overcome the bureaucratic hurdles necessary to apply for nearly $30,000 in Title IV grants. At this time, we are focusing our requests entirely on technology supports to better enable our distance learning to reach all of our students.”
--Rabbi Kalman Baumann, principal of the Klurman Elementary School at Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes

We’re enormously grateful to CAJE and the Federation for facilitating our conversations and processes related to Title IV funding. The relaxing of strict caps on technology during the corona virus crisis will help us procure an additional 30 laptops for teachers.
--Craig Carpentieri, Chief Academic Officer, Scheck Hillel Community School

With the help of Audrey Maman, Program Manager for School Markets at CAJE, and our representative at the District, our schools were able to submit their technology requests to the Title IV office successfully. 

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