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Report claims New York City’s Hasidic schools don’t provide students a basic education

NEW YORK — The New York State Board of Regents is predicted to vote Tuesday on proposed guidelines requiring non-public schools to adjust to the state’s minimal educational requirements.

The vote will comply with an alarming New York Times investigation on Hasidic Jewish Schools, which discovered, for instance, greater than 1,000 students on the Central United Talmudical Academy in Brooklyn took standardized checks in studying and math and 100% of the students failed.

The report underscores a years-long tug of conflict between proponents of Jewish non secular education, and those that really feel there must also be a secular element of basic, non-religious education.

CBS2’s Marcia Kramer has been reporting on this story for 5 years. Former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration noticed this as a political sizzling potato and used the pandemic as an excuse to place an investigation on the again burner.

Mayor Eric Adams has indicated he’s going to place it on the entrance burner.

“I want a thorough investigation. I want an independent review,” Adams mentioned Monday.

The mayor was speaking about beautiful findings by the New York Times that the overwhelming majority of students at New York yeshivas are unable to cross standardized checks given to public college students. The report discovered that 99 % of the hundreds of Hasidic boys who took the standardized checks in math and English in 2019 failed, and 80 % of Hasidic ladies failed.

The findings come because the state Board of Regents met Monday to debate a new regulation is which Hasidic schools, yeshivas, might lose public funds in the event that they fail to provide students with a basic secular education.

The ruling is predicted Tuesday and will imply the lack of $1 billion in funding over 5 years for the state’s 160 yeshivas, 102 of that are in New York City.

“The chancellor has made it clear that we’re going to make sure every child receives a quality education in the city,” Adams mentioned.

The Board of Regents’ ruling will comply with a politically charged debate that was touched off when the group Young Advocates for Fair Education filed a grievance with the town that dozens of yeshivas have been graduating students who could not learn and write English. The group’s then govt director, Naftali Moster, instructed Kramer in 2017 that he was a sufferer of poor secular education in Hasidic schools.

“In elementary and some middle schools, we received approximately 90 minutes of secular education. In high school, we got no secular education at all,” Moster mentioned.

Ari Hershkowitz instructed Kramer in 2017 he needed to educate himself to learn and write after attending a yeshiva in Williamsburg.

“I left school when I was 18. After I was 18, and I do not have a high school diploma or even the knowledge that a high school diploma comes with,” Hershkowitz mentioned.

There has been intense pushback by the yeshivas, pushback that reportedly made the de Blasio administration drag its toes in investigating the fees. A spokesman for the yeshivas instructed CBS2 they oppose the Regents’ ruling.

“Parents in New York have been choosing a yeshiva education for more than 120 years, and they are proud of the successful results, and will continue to do the same with or without the support of state leaders in Albany,” the spokesman mentioned.

City Councilman Kalman Yeger, whose Brooklyn district consists of a number of yeshivas, defended the success of the non secular schools.

“Look at our kids that are coming out of yeshivas. Look at the kids that are coming out of the public school system and then ask yourself, really, is the yeshiva system failing? What I’ll also say is what you don’t have in the yeshiva system and you do have in the public school system is rampant cheating,” Yeger mentioned.

Over the previous 5 years the de Blasio administration, which was largely supported by the Hasidic group, investigated simply two of 28 complaints in opposition to yeshivas.

A spokesman for Mayor Adams instructed CBS2 that this time round political assist will play no function.

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