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Reform Jewish Leader Commends Florida Supreme Court’s Decision to Strike Down School Vouchers
In response to the decision by the Florida Supreme Court to strike down a state-wide school voucher system, Mark J. Pelavin, Associate Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement noting, “The debate on education must center on how to focus our energies and resources to improve public education to benefit all Americans, rather than being distorted by a constitutionally unsound program that benefits only a few.”

Pelavin: The debate on education must center on how to focus our energies and resources to improve public education to benefit all Americans, rather than being distorted by a constitutionally unsound program that benefits only a few.

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Washington, January 5, 2006 – In response to the decision by the Florida Supreme Court to strike down a state-wide school voucher system, Mark J. Pelavin, Associate Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We applaud the Florida Supreme Court’s 5-2 decision to strike down as a violation of the Florida Constitution the first statewide school voucher system in the United States that allowed some school children to attend private schools at the expense of the taxpayers. As Jews and as Americans, we know well the importance of education and understand the need for reform. This decision addresses the fact that vouchers divert tax dollars from public schools to private schools, while doing nothing to address the very real problems facing public education.

We commend the Florida Supreme Court for its decision. Above all, our public school systems are the foundation of the future. All children, regardless of economic status or religion, deserve the opportunity to receive a high quality education. The debate on education must center on how to focus our energies and resources to improve public education to benefit all Americans, rather than being distorted by a constitutionally unsound program that benefits only a few.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism , whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews , and the Central Conference of American Rabbis , whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.



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