Shai Markowitz

Commentary: State rules ignore special mission of Jewish schools

A touch of hypocrisy reflected in the guidelines Rabbi Yaakov Bender, published at www.timesunion.com Forty years ago, I was invited to join a small elementary school as principal. Today, we have more than 2,000 students enrolled in programs that stretch from pre-school to post-graduate. What I learned along the way tells me that the new …

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YAFFED Lawsuit Dismissed; Concerns Over State Ed Guidance Remain

In what some are celebrating as a victory for yeshivos, a federal judge dismissed on Wednesday a lawsuit filed by YAFFED, which attempted to overturn the Felder Amendment to Education Law Section 3204. The court threw out the case because YAFFED had no standing, meaning YAFFED could not challenge the Felder Amendment because it was …

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#AgudahLive latest on NYSED Guidelines with Rabbi Yeruchim Silber

Update from Albany: Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, Agudah’s representative in Albany, updates the Agudah Live audience on the new legislative session that just started. Cohosts Rabbi Shai Markowitz and Rabbi Avi Schnall discuss with him Agudah’s activities in the state capital, and get an update on the status of the New York State Education Department’s Substantial …

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Unprecedented. Unfair. Unacceptable: Two problems: one is of policy, the other is of process

Rabbi Eytan Kobre and Mishpacha Magazine Having written the cover story of two weeks ago on the crisis brewing for New York State’s yeshivos due to the State Education Department’s (SED) new nonpublic school guidelines, it makes good sense for me to provide an update for readers on where things stand at this writing. There …

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New York State Declares War on Private Education

Avner Zarami and PJMedia.com In recent years, certain advocacy groups have criticized private Jewish schools, generally known as yeshivoth, claiming that the schools provide a substandard education. At issue is the interpretation of a New York state law passed in the late 19th century that requires private schools to provide an education “substantially equivalent” to that offered …

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City Lawmakers Charge State With Wrongful Incursion Of Religious Schools

From: Kings County Politics More than half of the city council fired off a letter to the State Department of Education (SDE) saying the state is going down a slippery slope with an “unprecedented incursion into private schools curricula” regarding new state equivalency guidelines released last month. The guidelines come on the heels of a …

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#AgudahLive Mr Richard Altabe, Lower Division Principal HALB sat down with R’ Avi Schnall and R’ Shai Markowitz

Substantial Equivalency: We’ve heard so much about it, and then we heard that maybe it isn’t a problem anymore. Is that true? Watch this Agudah Live session, where Rabbi Shai Markowitz and Rabbi Avi Schnall interview Mr. Richard Altabe, Lower Division Principal of Hebrew Academy of Long Beach (HALB). Spoiler alert: “These are very dangerous …

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Danger Zone: Rav Elya Brudny and Rav Yisroel Reisman join an urgent call to save our yeshivos

cover feature of Mishpacha Magazine by Eytan Kobre Download the full article here The meeting’s timing and venue — 11 p.m. at the home of a leading Brooklyn rav and rosh yeshivah — were highly unusual. But, then again, the issue that brought Agudath Israel head Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel and attorney and communal askan Avi Schick …

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