Daily News 1/7/19: Yeshiva Students Deserve Basic Education

Yeshiva students deserve basic education too: All of New York should stand up and support MaryEllen Elia’s move to safeguard secular instruction

Yeshiva students deserve basic education too: All of New York should stand up and support MaryEllen Elia's move to safeguard secular instruction
Naftuli Moster is right that all kids must be taught the basics. (Mark Lennihan / AP)

It began with a thirst for knowledge.

According to Naftuli Moster, founder of Young Advocates for Fair Education, he attended ultra-Orthodox yeshivas until he was 20 years old. Moved to study mental health, he enrolled in Touro College seeking a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  There he found he had no formal high school diploma and, lacking basic skills in English, writing, history, math and science, only passed the entrance exam through extensive onsite coaching. In class, professors used terms he had never heard before, like “molecule,” “essay” and “Constitution.”

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Spectrum NY1 1/7/19: Yeshivas Barring NYC Inspectors

Yeshivas Defend Barring City Inspectors Who Want to Check on What They’re Teaching

By Lindsey Christ Brooklyn

1/10/19: Yaffed Quotes Hasidic Father Stating Kiryas Joel Provides No Secular Education

A brave Hasidic father from Kiryas Joel took the courage to do an interview for a local TV station in which he claims that his 5th grader is receiving ZERO secular education. We know nearly all Hasidic boys’ high schools provide no secular education, and most Hasidic boys’ elementary and middle schools teach approximately 90 minutes of secular studies, only in English and arithmetic, four days a week. This elementary school clearly teaches no secular education at all.

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A Yeshiva in Crown Heights Brooklyn, called Oholei Torah, also teaches no secular instruction even in elementary and middle school.

New York City’s Chancellor has been publicly calling for NYSED to either help him gain access to four schools that are refusing to let him in, or else declare them non-compliant.

This brazen violation of the law must end, but we need you to step in and empower the State Education Department to fully enforce the recently revised guidelines.

Read a powerful op-ed by education policy expert David Bloomfield. And one by a Yeshiva graduate.

12/10/18 ER School Board President Wieder Attacks NYS Equivalency Guidelines

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88AQJUq4Pcw&feature=youtu.be

12/4/18 – YAFFED Announces NYS Release of New Guidelines For Non-Public School Curriculum

YAFFED announced the following on Dec. 4/18:

(see NYS Guidelines here…http://www.nysed.gov/nonpublic-schools/substantial-equivalency

GREAT NEWS!!!

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.