Lohud 11/20/18: Yeshivas Could Close if Academics Fail State Reviews

Yeshivas could face closure, eventually, if academics fail state reviews

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Lohud’s Nancy Cutler interviews Yeshiva education activist Naftuli Moster, June 12, 2018 in New City. Tania Savayan, tsavayan@lohud.com

Private schools that don’t comply with state requests to improve academic instruction as part of a new review process could face sanctions that would, in the worst cases, effectively shut a school.

On Tuesday, the SED issued its long-awaited guidelines on determining whether private schools, particularly Hasidic yeshivas, are complying with state law when it comes to teaching secular academics.

Based on the new standards, schools districts will be required to start conducting substantial equivalency reviews during the 2018-2019 school year of religious and independent schools within their district. The Education Department expects districts to complete initial reviews by Dec. 15, 2021, and to revisit schools on a five-year cycle.

The review process will be slow moving, in part, because there is no additional funding for school districts that have to review private schools.

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