Politico 3/29/18: Senator Felder Stalls NYS Budget Rejecting Yeshiva Oversight

With budget stalled, Felder pushes moratorium for yeshivas


ALBANY — State Sen. Simcha Felder is pushing for a moratorium that would prevent the state Education Department from updating its guidance on how local school districts are supposed to supervise the curricular standards of nonpublic schools — a stance that legislators say has hobbled progress on the estimated $170 billion state budget, which is stalled on several fronts.

It’s the latest iteration of a push by Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat who provides the chamber’s ruling Republicans with a crucial 32nd vote, to prevent investigations into yeshivas serving Orthodox Jews, mostly in Brooklyn. On Monday, he prompted a blow-up in talks when he pushed for an exemption from curriculum requirements.

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