Along with Alex Benjamin, Principal of Immaculate Conception School in the South Bronx; Rabbi Motti Seligson, director of media relations for Chabad Lubavitch; and Jill Kafka, Executive Director of Partnership Schools, CSF President Darla Romfo discussed the fiscal crisis facing private schools post-pandemic yesterday at a Manhattan Institute virtual event hosted by Andy Smarick. Click the photo above to watch the event and visit the Manhattan Institute website to read a transcript.
The panelists each emphasized the vital role the schools CSF Scholars attend play within their communities, and the value they bring to our entire society. The pandemic has hit these schools especially hard, with families who have lost jobs and income not being in a position to pay their tuition at the same time that other fundraising for schools is also slowing down.
In her closing remarks, Darla stressed the urgent need for immediate relief for the schools and the families they serve, saying “Within every one of these schools are hundreds of kids, and that’s what this is really all about. Every kid has a name, parents. They have dreams. They have potential. We don’t want to squander dreams and potential and lives. And so, whenever you’re thinking what’s the right thing to do, the right thing to do is to help these kids now.“