Crains NY Business 1/8/19: New Yorkers Should Pay Attention to Yeshiva Controversy

January 08, 2019 12:00 AM

New Yorkers should pay attention to the yeshiva schools controversy

Schools that deprive children of basic skills get millions of taxpayer dollars

After years of focus on the major educational deficiencies within many ultra-orthodox or Hasidic schools in New York, the state Education Department in November issued updated guidelines that included clarification on “substantial equivalency” requirements for nonpublic schools.

As these guidelines apply to all private schools, it’s been met with a bit of an uproar. Several politicians have been swift to pander to Agudath Israel—an Orthodox Jewish advocacy organization—and yeshiva leaders by portraying this as an assault on yeshivas and calling on the state to back off.

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