Leah Zagelbaum

NYSED Receives Over 135,000 Comments Opposing Education Guidelines

Published in Hamodia on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Reprinted with Permission BROOKLYN (PEARLS NY) – Over summer break, more than 135,000 parents, alumni, educators and supporters of private education in New York submitted comments to the State Education Department expressing opposition to the proposed “substantial equivalency” regulations and urging that they be withdrawn. Since 1894, parents …

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Eichenstein Leads Growing Opposition To Proposed State Education Rules

by Martin Samoylov Published on KingsCountyPolitics.com on August 30, 2019 “Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein (D-Borough Park) is leading a growing chorus of opposition to a proposed New York State Education Department (NYSED) rule change allowing local school boards to investigate non-public schools and determine whether substantial equivalency is provided.” Read more at KingsCountyPolitics.com.

A Last Call From the Trenches

by Hamodia Staff. Published in the HamodiaPrime Magazine on August 28, 2019. It was based on an exclusive Hamodia roundtable and took place in Torah Umesorah. Reprinted with Permission. The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) attempt to impose detailed regulations on private schools has been an ongoing struggle of particular concern for the Orthodox …

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Yeshiva Crisis: Final Days for Commenting on Proposed NYSED Regulations

September 2nd, Labor Day, is the last day to comment on the New York State Education Department (SED)’s proposed regulations that subject yeshivas to rigid state oversight, extended secular study hours, and unwanted coursework. The State Education Department must, by law, read and consider every single comment that the public makes during a public comment period. That comment period is …

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As New York Once Again Targets Religious Schools, a History Lesson in Communal Resistance

by Marvin Schick Published in Tablet Magazine “Next month, the Rabbi Jacob Joseph School in New York will begin its 121st year educating Jewish children. It will also be my 46th year serving as its president. When I accepted the position, I understood that I would confront some of the same challenges that my predecessors …

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The Truth About Yeshiva Curriculum and Student Outcome

by Yossi Gestetner Published July 25, 2019 on the OJPAC (Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council) website This article addresses the claims that Hassidic yeshivos are generally non-compliant with State education standards, and that many yeshivos are not adequately preparing their male students for the workforce. A factual examination of the yeshiva curriculum and what it …

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Yeshiva “Equivalency” Q&A

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 …

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