You may have heard that the New York State Education Department recently published proposed Regulations about “substantial equivalency of instruction” required for students attending nonpublic schools.
This can have severe ramifications for yeshivos and day schools across the board in NYS, so we wanted to provide some answers to common questions we are receiving about this serious development.
Q: How might the proposed regulations affect my child’s yeshiva?
A: The Regulations, on their face, may require schools to make major adjustments to their limudei kodesh and secular programming.
For example, the proposed regulations specify 1) the number of required hours – as many as 4-5 hours per day, depending on grade level; 2) more than 12 required subjects, including, at the lower elementary level, consumer and family science, visual arts, theater, media arts, career development, occupational studies, etc.; 3) assessment of teachers to an undefined standard.
Results, grades, competencies, graduation rates, or other factors regarding equivalency to public schools are not taken into account for these purposes.
To view the proposed Regulation click here.
Q: Didn’t the court already strike down the SED Guidelines 3 months ago?
A: Yes, those Guidelines were thrown out by the NY State Supreme Court in response to lawsuits brought by Agudath Israel, PEARLS, Torah Umesorah, and other groups. However, the court struck down the Guidelines because the State Education Department failed to comply with the technical requirements for new rulemaking. By publishing its “proposed Regulations” in the NYS Register, SED has now started an “official” process in compliance with those requirements.
Q: How do the new proposed Regulations differ from the previous Guidelines??
A: The new Regulations are substantially identical to the previous Guidelines.
Q: What happens now?
A: There is a sixty day public comment period (until September 2) when individuals can voice their concerns regarding these proposed regulations. At the conclusion of the process, the Regulations come before the Board of Regents for a vote, expected this fall.
Q: I heard that State Education Commissioner Elia resigned earlier this week. Does that mean this is over?
A: No. The impact of Commissioner's Elia's resignation on this issue is still to be determined, but the proposed Regulations have already been published and the comment period is in place.
Q: What is being done to fight for parents who choose, and sacrifice dearly, for their children to attend yeshivos?
A: The Agudah has been working with organizations in the community - PEARLS and Torah Umesorah, among others - to oppose the newest incarnation of the state's attempt to control yeshivos. It should be noted that the Catholic and NYSAIS independent schools (which, together with Jewish schools, form the majority of nonpublic schools in NYS) also strongly oppose these regulations.
Q: Is there anything I can do?
A: Yes! SED is required, by law, to read comments submitted. While many have previously signed petitions, which is important, these comments are required to be read by law. We have set up a system, where, with just a few clicks, you can voice your opinion on this critical matter.
Q: I live in Chicago, but the overreach of these regulations concerns me. May I register my comment?
A: The regulations do not restrict comments to NYS residents.
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Baltimore, MD – Dec. 11, 2019 - It is with deep sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Rabbi Chaim Wallin, ZT’L, in Eretz Yisrael.
The levaya will be tonight 11:15 pm at Shamgar.
An apparent road rage incident led to a white box truck having two of its tires shot at on I-83 Tuesday afternoon, Baltimore police said.
Officials said they received a call at 12 p.m. for a white box truck on I-83 that had been shot.
A preliminary investigation suggests a road rage-type incident occurred near the Dunkin' Donuts on Reisterstown Road in northwest Baltimore. Police said a silver pickup truck followed the box truck onto I-83. The driver of the box truck told police that someone in the pickup truck began shooting at his box truck between Northern Parkway and Coldspring Lane.
A front and rear tire of the box truck were shot out, police said.
No injuries were reported.
No arrests have been made.
Baltimore City schools will begin classes before Labor Day next year.
School Commissioners approved the 2020-21 calendar at their regular meeting, deciding to start school on Monday, August 31.
The last day of classes is scheduled for Friday, June 11, 2021 with five days built in for inclement weather, allowing for the school year to end as late as June 18.
In 2016 Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order mandating a post-Labor Day school start, but lawmakers overrode it allowing local school boards to decide when to start classes.
Gov. Larry Hogan Wednesday outlined a slew of proposed funding and legislation to further assist Baltimore City officials in curbing violent crime.
At a press conference in Annapolis, Hogan announced millions in support to local, state and federal prosecutors, and harsher penalties for repeat violent offenders.
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is considering announcing at the Knesset plenum Wednesday that he intends to waive immunity if a unity government emerges in the final hours before the dissolution of the 22nd Knesset.
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Over the last few hours, the prime minister has held consultations with senior Likud officials, and even with his lawyers. At the end of the meetings, he will decide whether to waive the immunity.
Earlier, the Knesset approved a bill to dissolve the 22nd Knesset and to hold elections for the 23rd Knesset on March 2, 2020.
Blue and White chairman MK Benny Gantz on Wednesday afternoon accused Prime Minister Netanyahu of seeking to force third electio...
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NEW YORK – (NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo) “My heart breaks for the police officer and the three victims killed in yesterday’s attack on a kosher market in Jersey City.
“We now know that this disgusting act of violence was a deliberate attack on the Jewish community in Jersey City. Out of an abundance of caution, I am directing State Police to increase patrols and security around synagogues and Jewish establishments while New Jersey law enforcement further investigates this horrific act.
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JERSEY CITY, NJ (VINNews) – On Wednesday morning, law enforcement officials revealed that one of the shooters involved in yesterday’s attack which left multiple people dead, had previously posted anti-semitic content online.
Officials did not reveal whether those posts involve general anti-semitic sentiments or if they were targeted specifically towards the ultra Orthodox Jewish community in Jersey City.
Jersey City, located in Hudson County, New Jersey, is home to nearly a quarter of a million people. Over the past few years, a few dozen Orthodox Jewish families from New York City moved into the Greenville neighborhood which was targeted in yesterday’s attack.
A 2017 NY Times article reported this development as a concern for the city as a whole. For example, the Time...
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“I’m Jewish and proud to live in a community like Jersey City that has always welcomed everyone,” Fulop wrote on Twitter. “It is the home of Ellis Island and has always been the golden door to America. Hate and anti-semitism have never had a place here in JC and will never have a place in our city.&...
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The attack claimed the lives of two frum Yidden.
The law enforcement official could not provide more details about the suspect’s online posts or where they had been published. He said that investigators were still reviewing that information.
So far, the authorities have not identified the shooters, who were killed in the firefight.
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We commend the law enforcement teams that arrived so quickly at the scene of the shooting and whose members put their lives on the line to protect their fellow citizens.
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The president welcomed the ambassadors to Israel and to Jerusalem, noting that over the last 72 years, Israel has been transformed from a developing state into a start-up nation and innovation hub. “Israelis see every challenge as an opportunity, and we are ready to share our expertise with all nations, in order to advance the UN’s Sustainable Devel...
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“He told me he had just walked out of the store into the s...
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One of the first responders from a Jewish organization on the scene of Tuesday’s deadly shooting in a kosher grocery store in Jersey City said authorities had found some 300 rounds of ammunition and three pipe bombs in a van linked to the shooters.
Speaking with Arutz Sheva Wednesday morning, Isaac Wollner, a member of the local Chesed Shel Emes organization, said the shooting took place in the heart of Jersey City’s small Hasidic community, which Wollner said numbers around 80 to 90 families.
"I came here about an hour after the shootout finished. I was one of the first to respond to the command,” said W...
The mayor of Jersey City, N.J. said early Wednesday that gunmen likely targeted the kosher market where a deadly shooting occurred on Tuesday.
“After extensive review of our CCTV system it has now become clear from the cameras that these two individuals targeted the Kosher grocery location,” Mayor Steven Fulop tweeted.
He did not elaborate as to why he believed the JC Kosher Supermarket was targeted.
The police shootout with two men armed with high-powered rifles erupted after midday on Tuesday in Jersey City, New Jersey‘s second-largest municipality directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan. The six dead included three civilians, one police officer and both gunmen, authorities said.
33-year-old Mrs. Leah Mindel Ferentz z”l of Jers...