Spectrum News NY1 1120/19: NY Outlines Regulations for Private School Teaching

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A file image of a yeshiva in Brooklyn. Regulations that state education officials announced Tuesday on what private schools teach could have the greatest impact on yeshivas in the city that, according to critics, provide little or no instruction in secular subjects like English and math.

EDUCATION

NY Outlines New Guide­lines for What Private Schools Must Teach

By Lindsey Christ New York City

NEW YORK (AP) — Private and religious schools that don’t provide instruction “substantially equivalent” to New York state’s public schools will be threatened with loss of funding for textbooks, transportation, and other services under new state Education Department rules.

The guidelines released Tuesday apply to all private schools. But they could have an immediate impact on Orthodox Jewish schools that critics have accused of providing little or no instruction in secular subjects like English and math.

An estimated 115,000 children attend Orthodox Jewish yeshivas in New York state.

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