Thousands of children are getting almost no education in many yeshivas in East Ramapo and other parts of NY. In response to the updated guidelines on equivalency of education in non-public schools issued by NY State, East Ramapo School Board President Aaron Wider has effectively “declared war” on the State Board of Education.
See a brief video clip at this link:
YAFFED announced the following on Dec. 4/18:
(see NYS Guidelines here…http://www.nysed.gov/nonpublic-schools/substantial-equivalency
After years of hard work, and with the help of average people like you, New York State felt the pressure building and finally released updated guidelines pertaining to the requirement for nonpublic schools, including Yeshivas, to provide an education that is “at least substantially equivalent” to that of public schools.
The new guidelines mince no words, spelling out the subjects that need to be taught and the number of minutes each subject needs to be taught for.
This is far from done since it gives local districts plenty of time to go and inspect all schools before implementing actual changes.
And Yeshiva leaders have vowed to fight this, and have declared “war” against the state.
WE MUST KEEP UP THE PRESSURE TO ENSURE THAT THE NEW GUIDELINES DON’T GET WATERED DOWN IN FUTURE DISCUSSIONS AND THAT LOCAL DISTRICTS COMPLY WITH THEM AND ENFORCE THE STANDARDS IN ALL NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
Outsider is a short documentary that explores how activists are fighting for better education for students of both public schools and private yeshivas, fire officials are fighting the widespread epidemic of illegal housing and over development, and long time residents are reflecting back on how exactly this sudden and drastic change occurred.
It is produced by award-winning New York and Boston based filmmaker Noah Graham, who grew up in Rockland County.
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