Yaffed 7/16: Petition to Commissioner Elia re Hasidic Education

  Commissioner Elia, Chancellor Farina: All Children Deserve an Education

We, the undersigned, call upon New York’s education officials to ensure that all children residing in New York — whether in public or non-public schools — be provided with an education that meets New York State’s requirements.

The problem is particularly acute as regards many of New York’s Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox yeshivas.

New York State Education Law (Article 65, Section 3204) mandates that all children attending non-public schools receive an education that is “substantially equivalent” to that of public schools. More specifically, the law requires all non-public schools to provide instruction in English, mathematics, science and social studies among other subjects.

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