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Electoral program

Education

The level of education – is one of the major considerations when young couples and families choose the city of residence.

Therefore, Ra’anana must be number 1 in education in Israel !

In order for us to prepare our children for the challenges of tomorrow, we must be a city that attracts the best educational teams, so that they will prefer Ra’anana over any other city. This could be done by prioritizing and investing non-stop, in the education faculties before anything else.

In addition, we must adapt ourselves and our study methods. This goes above and beyond a formal change of the study space and the structure of sitting in the classrooms.

Our children will develop independence and creative thinking in recognition of the uniqueness of each student according to their skills and personal preferences. We will encourage entrepreneurship and provide tools to deal with tomorrow’s challenges, through experiences in a wide variety of skills required for the future.

Focusing and you and much needed skills enable our children to become outstanding citizens within Israeli society.

Below is a breakdown of my work plan for Ra’anana’s education system : 

  1. The municipal system is being upgraded – the Education Department will become the “Education Administration”.
    Moving forwards, I will make sure that all issues related to the educational world of Ra’anana children will be managed under one roof that will provide a holistic and continuous response in matters of both formal and informal education.
    • We will increase investment in the education staff – we will establish a dedicated team that will provide enrichment and support programs for the municipal education staff. Also, I will launch a dedicated program of customer service management for the education system, by all departments of the municipality.
    • We will establish a new division for complementary education – which will oversea management of the student clubs and afternoon activities. ( It was here in Ra’anana many years ago, remember?)
    • Round the clock education for all ages – The department of youth, which  currently sits within the department of culture, will move to operate under the education administration to ensure consistency within all matters of education.  
  1. We will reduce the number of children in classes by increasing Ra’anana’s municipal education budget:
    The municipal average is 28.2 children per class (28.7 in the state, 28.1 in the state – religious schools, 24.7 in the ultra-Orthodox schools), but we have quite a few classes (especially in elementary) where 35 children study in a class. I will work on changing this. 
  1. Ra’anana will turn into one urban registration area for all ages (from kindergarten to high school) – you, parents will get to choose where your children will study in Ra’anana.
    I will abolish the regional division in registration for educational institutions from Kindergarten to 12th grade beginning on 2025 school year, so that all new parents can choose which educational institution they wish to enroll their children in.
  1. Cancellation of middle schools in Ra’anana: moving to 6-year study system: elementary (1st-6th), high school (7th-12th).
    We will carry out a phased process over 3 years accompanied by a professional educational team that will manage the change, accompany and support the education faculty and make sure that the goals are achieved.
  1. E-learning for all students in grades 7-12.
    Because our daily life (and even more that of our children) is based on ICT and interactivity. We will of course do this alongside preserving and improving reading and writing skills (for example: the exams will continue in writing).
  1. We will expand the offer of majors and additional courses (“Talan”) starting from the 7th grade:
    We will innovate, expand and allow our children to choose from a fascinating selection of study majors and additional courses (“Talan”), so that they can exhaust their skills:
    • We will add new and fascinating programs from which to choose including :  maritime, aerospace, entrepreneurship, financial trends, programming and more.
    • We will promote technological education and technical professions.
    • We will expand trends that suffered from space limitations due to the division of the city into zones (which, as mentioned, will be canceled).
    • Languages: We will open a program for learning languages such as French. The demand for Spanish, Italian and Arabic majors will also all be examined.
  1. Interactive lesson will be implemented from 1st to 12th grade.
    The lesson plans will be developed in Ra’anana by the Municipal Education Administration and teaching staff from all the schools in the city at all levels from 1st to 12th grade.
  1. Supplemental lessons (semi private) – more quality at less cost:
    An innovative municipal system of supplemental lessons will be available to the children. This way we will reduce the financial burden on the parents who currently pay hundreds to thousands of shekels for private lessons.
    These are classes that will be held in the afternoon, in groups of up to 5 students by teachers who want to increase their earning capacity and by young students of education.
  1. In the summer – hang out without worries:
    By May 31st every year we will inform parents (kindergartens, transitions between elementary and high school) about the children’s placement for the next school year.
    Appeals will be made until 21.6 so that by 30.6 each year, the job of placements will be finished and you can spend the holiday without worries.
  1. We will examine the issue of a shortened school week in elementary school:
    We will establish a team to examine the issue of a shortened school week (Sunday – Thursday) in elementary schools. In collaboration with education experts from the state, representatives of the municipal education system and the local parents’ committee, we will examine the issue extensively, including alternatives of reinforcement, enrichment and experiential learning for those interested on Fridays. The conclusions of the investigative team will be presented to the residents of the city.
  1. Kindergartens:
    • Aruchat 10 – Feeding children in the morning:
      We will launch an Aruchat 10  pilot program (controlled experiment) in 10 kindergartens to review how we can feed your children in the morning,  and following it we will review whether to expand it to all kindergartens in the city.
    • The security system of the kindergartens will be upgraded: with technological means and additional manpower at the required sites.
    • “Saba Gan” in Ra’anana – we will operate the “Saba Gan” project operated by volunteers – senior citizens, who will be invited to the kindergartens on a fixed day each week and interact and enrich the children with content.
    • Link between nursing home residents and elderly people from the city to the kindergartens – we will hold joint activities between the children of the kindergartens and the residents of the nursing homes and elderly people from the city. These projects have been proven to be very successful in other cities and countries, and contribute both to our children and the older generation.
    • Improving the maintenance of the kindergartens: I will change the method of managing and handling the infrastructure and maintenance of the kindergartens operated by the municipality, for the benefit of all of our children.
  1. Enrichment training for teaching staff: We will launch the first ever “Center for Training of Urban Education Staff”:
    • I will ensure that the teaching staff will receive extensive enrichment in a variety of fields of their choice. Based on the concept that each and every one of the educators in Ra’anana knows what they want to strengthen and enrich and certainly what interests them the most, they will be able to choose workshops and courses from a wide variety that will be available to them (most of them according to working hours).
    • I will invest in innovative training for our educational teams to upgrade and develop their relevant skills for the digital age. Our children live in this world. We must adapt ourselves to them. This is not always easy. This is a process that will take several years, but professional teams that will train and support our teachers will help our teaching staff to lead on the technological front together with the students.
      The center will also provide our teaching staff with enrichment training in many diverse fields such as family economics, workshops in the field of humor, youth psychology, “Master Chef” and more.
  1. Upgarding the assistant team – the beating heart who cares for our children:
    We entrust the ones most dear to us to teachers, kindergartners and helpers. They see a mission in their work, need appropriate professional training, adequate compensation, appropriate treatment from the municipality and parents and proper working conditions.
    Do all of these exist today? probably not.
    The facts are that there is a huge shortage of assistants all over the country, simply because they don’t want to do this job.
    So, How will I change this? I will review and restart the benefits so that we change the demand curve for this profession in Ra’anana. The municipality will provide : 
    • Adequate compensation for helpers: a professional team will re-examine the whole issue of compensation for helpers, direct and indirect.
      Because our assistants deserve more for a very demanding job with a huge responsibility for all of our children.
    • We will open a unique training center for assistants in Ra’anana (as part of the new center for the training of urban education faculty): the training will be adjusted to the assistant’s role such as : educational assistants – assistants to kindergarten teachers as well as school assistants, medical assistants, transportation companions.
    • Enrichment training for all assistants within the education faculty. The assistants will benefit from enrichment and personal development in a variety of fields of their choice beyond their direct occupation, such as managing the family economy, computer and Internet applications, humor workshops, “Master Chef”, and more.
  1. Education for the children of the religious community
    A new urban education program for the religious students will be built in cooperation with the leading institutions in the religious community and representatives of the parents’ committees and in full consultation with the Ministry of Education
    The budgetary plan, the required infrastructures and the definition of timetables, will be presented to the public by next Elul (September).
    The three main principles of the education program for religious children in Ra’anana are:
    • Comparison of budgets – we will eliminate the budget discrimination that currently exists in the city between secular education and religious education based on the concept that all Ra’anana children are equal.
    • Ra’anana children study in Ra’anana – together with the Ministry of Education, the management of religious educational institutions and representatives of the religious public, we will formulate ways to return as many of our children who study outside the city as possible to our home – to Ra’anana.
    • Infrastructures – we will take care of the comparison in infrastructures as well, where the gap is noticeable and significant. We will take care of the quality of the buildings and services available to the religious children, so that they will have access to advanced and innovative centers as every girl and boy in Ra’anana deserves.
  1. Experience and entrepreneurship
    We will expand our collaborations with high-tech and business companies operating in Ra’anana, We will develop systems that allow real experiential experience, knowledge of professional dilemmas and challenges, managerial presentations and skills needed for today’s job market.
  1. Special education:
    My view is that Ra’anana must be in first place for education in Israel. This means that every component of education in Ra’anana must be excellent, and certainly within the field of the special education. Ra’anana must be an inclusive city and even an embracing city, one that is an inspiration and an example to other cities.
    • Together with our neighbors in the Sharon area, we will carry out a mapping of all special education children who currently go to school outside of the entire Sharon region and accordingly we will examine the establishment of a suitable institution in areas here in Ra’anana.
    • We will expand the classes in Ra’anana in such a way that more special but high-functioning children will fit into regular classes according to their ability.
    • We will examine the “inclusive” school model.
    • The new department for supplementary education will offer every parent of a special child from Ra’anana, the option of integrating the girl or boy into informal education frameworks during the afternoon hours. The goal: every girl and boy from special education will have more hours of enriching and beneficial social activity.

For information about your polling place and how to vote (including soldiers), click here

Say “where do I vote”? Why didn’t I get a note? How does my son/daughter vote in the IDF?

Here is all the necessary information for election day in Ra’anana!

There are two options for locating the polling place:

  1. Here is a link from the Ministry of the Interior – enter the link and fill in the appropriate place your ID number as well as the date of issue. The system will return the polling place to you. https://www.gov.il/apps/moin/bocharim/
  1. My headquarters team will also be happy to answer you personally on your polling station: 054-4884-8840 send us a WhatsApp with your name and ID and we will answer you.

Question: Why didn’t I receive the note in the mail?

Answer: Most of us did not receive them. These are notes sent by the Ministry of the Interior, but they are intended for information only about the polling place, they are not necessary for voting!!!

What should we bring to the polling station?

  1. The polling stations are open from 07.00 in the morning until 22.00 at night.
  2. Identification before the polling staff is through an identity card or driver’s license.
    The note we used to receive from the Ministry of the Interior (most of us did not receive it) is not necessary for voting, it is for information only!!!

How many notes do you vote with?
You will receive two envelopes:
One for the yellow note – for direct election to mayor (Nir Crystal),
and the second for the white note – to select the list for the city council (ק Ra’ananim led by Nir Crystal).

Make sure you only take one note !!! of each kind and put them in the envelopes, otherwise your vote could be rejected.

And our children, our amazing soldiers?

They vote in the bases. After identifying themselves to the polling staff, they will receive envelopes like you but unlike us, they will receive a blank yellow note and a blank white note.
Why are they blank? Because troops from other cities will stand behind them in line and it is not possible to bring all the notes from all over the country to each base.
Therefore: they must write their choice in their handwriting.

In our case :
Nir Crystal – on the yellow note,
ק  Ra’ananim led by Nir Crystal – on the white ticket.

Do not add anything other than this text on the notes.

And most importantly – election day is a vacation. It is designed so that we all go to vote and influence our future. Because only those who vote really influence.

I invite you to elect me for mayor and a list of Ra’ananim (ק) under my leadership for the city council.

yours,

Nir Crystal and the list of Ra’ananim (ק)

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