Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Tours YDE School in Midwood and Sees ‘Excellence in Every Classroom’

January 3, 2019

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn), a longtime supporter of Brooklyn’s yeshivas and other non-public schools, took a tour of YDE School (Yeshivat Derech Eres) in Midwood on Jan. 7th and said he was “deeply impressed by the quality of education” he got to experience firsthand.

Among his stops on the tour were YDE’s STEM lab, where he tried on high-tech glasses that let visually impaired people “see” by emitting vibrations as they move closer to objects (similar to the process of echolocation used by bats). In a government class, the lawmaker was welcomed by students as he took part in a lively current events discussion.

“It was great experience to witness the high-level discussions and state-of-the-art technology that YDE School offers its students,” Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said. “If you walk into classroom after classroom and see students who are consistently enthusiastic, engaged and curious about what they’re learning, you know you’re in a school that’s doing an excellent job of educating our next generation of leaders.”

Earlier this year, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz fought successfully for the state budget to include a significant increase for STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) instruction in yeshivas and other non-public schools. The 2018-19 budget included $15 million for STEM instruction in non-public schools, a 200 percent increase over the previous year’s budget.

“Non-public schools are an essential part of New York’s educational landscape, providing families with the school options they need and teaching students who will go on to make a real difference in our state,” said Assemblyman Cymbrowitz, who represents one of the largest Jewish communities in New York State.

“Not all yeshivas are the same, just as not all public schools are the same. It’s important to recognize the top-quality education that YDE School and so many of our yeshivas and non-public schools offer our children, the rigorous standards to which these schools adhere, and the high test scores that students achieve as a result,” Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said. “As the saying goes, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’”

For the last few years, students at YDE have won awards for their entries in Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ Holocaust Memorial Arts competition.

Accompanying the lawmaker on the tour were school officials and representatives of Teach NYS.