Lawsuit accuses New York state of giving special treatment to ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools

Aug 4, 2018 by

Valerie Strauss –

Should religious schools be required to follow state law that mandates students receive education in secular subjects?

That question is at the heart of a lawsuit that seeks to prevent New York officials from implementing an exemption recently approved by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) that allows private ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools to ignore state rules about how much secular education they must provide.

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The lawsuit is at the heart of a long-standing debate in New York over some ultra-Orthodox schools known as yeshivas, which traditionally enroll only males. While many Orthodox Jewish schools provide secular education, about 80 of the approximately 275 yeshivas in New York state don’t. Their students don’t learn to read or write well in English, and they spend little time on other secular subjects, according to the group that filed the lawsuit.

A state law, however, requires all private schools to provide an education in secular subjects that is “substantially equivalent” to what students receive in public schools.

Source: Lawsuit accuses New York state of giving special treatment to ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools – The Washington Post

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