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There are really 2 issues here:
1- The schools operating costs are obviously significantly less, (food, utilities, etc), why should any parent continue to make the same payment?
2- "My daughters school told me that since they expected a deficit this year they are continuing to charge tuition. And they will just need to fundraise less..."  AKA we admit we shouldn't be charging you the same tuition but we are anyway. Or a school saying "we can't fundraise as well from our regular donors so we're just going to charge tuition when we shouldn't be".

Basically my point over here
It is not the responsibility of the rosh hamosad or the board to keep the school in existence but rather the resposibility of the parents/community. Are some expenses lower? Likely. They are not using just about all of the items you mentioned such asBut on the other hand, they can also be losing out on a significant amount of fundraising such as if they have a simcha hall etc.

The rabbeim all still need to be able to feed theor families. That too is the responsibility of the parents and not the administration.

I am not so sure that it all schools will be able to take advantage of all of the programs out there. Does all compensation make the school eligible for these grants or is it only payroll? Are they all under 500 employees? A school with a number of parallel classes can start getting close once you include support staff.
Similar to the full tuition/scholarship issue. Full tuition is really those with school aged kids subsidizing the cost of those that can't afford to pay what it costs to educate their children. The responsibility to give every kid a chance to get a Jewish education is on the community as a whole, not just those with school aged kids. Hence why the current system ticks off those with a few kids that are paying full, [and not getting a tax receipt].

IMHO, the current COVID-19 situation is the same. Why should parents keep paying their regular payments, when the schools operating costs are obviously less?   This is forced fundraising.

We should wait and see how the payroll  loans and grants play out. Nonprofits are eligible.

COVID-19 Discussion Board / Re: Maimonidies
« on: March 31, 2020, 08:57:32 PM »
This thread has basically just been two guys arguing, as is pretty common on DDF.
Now if anyone has any current info whatís going on at IZ, or knows where and why Hatzolah is bringing patients....

COVID-19 Discussion Board / Re: Maimonidies
« on: March 31, 2020, 11:03:58 AM »
Be happy if they only emerge unscathed and not more inflated.
This. ďI worked like Superman to save the worldĒ

COVID-19 Discussion Board / Re: The Day After COVID19 -Airlines
« on: March 24, 2020, 09:59:17 PM »
Thoughts on this petition?

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"Create a traveler's bill of rights in exchange for bailing out airlines and hotels"

Airlines and hotels are seeking billions in bailouts. We the taxpayer want in return:
1. Ban hotel resort/destination fees
2. Cash refunds when airlines cancel/change flights
3. Passenger rights like EU261 with cash payments for delayed/cancelled flights
4. Remove slot controls so more airlines can compete
5. Ban basic economy fares that dehumanize travel
6. Donít charge families to sit together
7. A free checked and carry-on bag
8. Mileage program devaluations need to be announced 6 months in advance and award charts must be published
9. Ban fuel/carrier imposed surcharges
10. Regulate seat pitch/width and bathroom size
11. Remove Deregulation Act protections so airlines can be sued
12. Cap change/cancel fees at a percentage of the fare
Read more here:

I like it, but people hate Big government and more regulation.
Capitalism/competition usually do the trick.
The problem here is that we used to have competition, but now with mergers we only the Big 4. So thatís why we need regulation now. It might be a good idea to add how we canít rely on competition because of the mergers.

COVID-19 Discussion Board / Re: Did you cancel your cleaning help?
« on: March 23, 2020, 11:02:02 PM »
If it is not going to cause you any hardship and it will help her, what is the downside?
Ummm...What kind of question is this?

COVID-19 Discussion Board / Re: Did you cancel your cleaning help?
« on: March 23, 2020, 12:17:46 PM »
If you're worried about her getting through these difficult times, you can pay her for a couple weeks even if you don't have her come.
Iíd imagine most people are more nervous that if they cancel her now, theyíll lose her forever.

COVID-19 Discussion Board / Did you cancel your cleaning help?
« on: March 22, 2020, 11:31:10 PM »
I understand many women need cleaning help in order to stay sane, especially these days.
However, if we are going to practice social distancing, itís not logical to have cleaning help going house to house spreading germs. (If you have a live-in, you can keep her :) )
From what I hear, most of my neighborhood didnít cancel their cleaning help.

Did you?

Why is Dr Fauci so bureaucratic about the malaria drug? Why do we have to say that we have no cure now and it will take months until we have a REAL study? People are dying! Why not give them the chance to at least try something which has proven to work (just because it was not a stude where a pharmaceutical or other entity has made millions of dollars does not mean that its not a study)

I personally know someone who was extremely not well, wasn't able to breathe on his own and got better after taking this drug for past few days.
+1000 Can someone please explain why death > taking an experimental drug?

Are any seminaries offering any partial refunds?
Even if they continue to pay all their staff salaries, Iím sure there are a lot of costs that donít exist anymore. Think utilities, food, trips....

In the last 24 hours, In Italy, which is under severe lockdown , saw the death of 475 people! Yikes! Soon they wonít be able to help any new patients.
Hopefully not, but it seems theyíll pass China in the next day or two.
(If you trust Chinaís numbers)

When will they shut all non essential businesses especially retail?
This. Just passed Todd plaza and it was packed with minivans.
And itís not even such a hotspot.

Ppl gotta get their Pesach clothes somehow.

When it fails because of a lack of testing, who're you going to blame?
Not necessarily this model, but we donít need state of the art $25,000 ventilators.
Maybe one from 80s or 90s that is basic and cheaper to mass produce.

The bottom line is: failure to mass produce and distribute ventilators, EXTREMELY QUICKLY, will equal preventable deaths. This thing is spreading like wildfire.


Welcome to USA, the land of over-regulation, unions and red tape.
If we were China we would be mass producing these around the clock and using every means we have to distribute them, including military, Amazon, Uber....

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