Israel’s Knesset approved the first reading of the 2013-14 state budget, which has been touted as closing socio-economic gaps in the country.
The chances of a new elementary charter school offering Hebrew language classes opening in Ventura County next fall diminished last week. In a decision disappointing the school’s supporters, the Ventura County Board of Education rejected an appeal to open a new local branch of the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences (AEA). The appeal fell in a 3-2 vote taken by the board at its March 28 meeting.
Four Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles programs that serve the elderly, disabled and frail may end up casualties of the state budget crisis, which leapt to a new level of urgency Tuesday as California lawmakers failed to pass budget revisions before a July 1 deadline.
As plans for Israel's withdrawal from Gaza and part of the West Bank intensify, its opponents are banking on one last throw of the parliamentary dice: Knesset rejection of the 2005 state budget.
If the budget is not passed by March 31, the government will fall, there will be new elections and disengagement will be deferred -- perhaps even shelved.