New York – Victory For Yeshivas As Judge Nullifies NYSED Guidelines

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    New York – Private school parents throughout New York State are heaving a collective sigh of relief today as controversial educational guidelines have been struck down by a New York State Supreme Court judge.

    In a decision dated April 17th, Judge Christina Ryba declared regulations announced late last year by New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia that would have mandated significantly increased secular study hours in all nonpublic schools to be “null and void.”

    As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2UsfJYO) five yeshivos with a collective history of more than 500 years of Orthodox Jewish education in New York City, Agudath Israel of America, Torah Umesorah and Parents for Educational and Religious Liberty in Schools sued Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and Elia for overstepping their legal boundaries and infringing on religious freedoms when they issued the guidelines. Two other groups, representing the Catholic school and the secular private school communities, also filed suit in the hopes of having the guidelines rescinded.

    In her seven page decision, Judge Ryba said that the guidelines were actually rules which had been implemented in a way that conflicted with New York State Administrative Procedures Act which defines how state agencies develop rules and regulations.

    Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president of Agudath Israel of America, called Judge Ryba’s decision wonderful news, noting that the timing of the lawsuit was hard to ignore. The petition was filed on the first day of the month of Adar, a particularly auspicious time in the Jewish calendar, while the decision was handed down just two days before Passover, a holiday also known by the name Z’man Chayrusaynu, the time of our freedom.

    “Freedom has many different manifestations,” Rabbi Zwiebel told VIN News.

    Rabbi Dovid Nojowitz, executive director of Torah Umesorah was equally enthusiastic, categorizing the decision as a big win for the Jewish community.

    “With G-d’s help, we will be able to continue educating our children in the way that our yeshivos have been noted for,” said Rabbi Nojowitz. “We look forward to creating the next generation of responsible members of the Jewish community.”

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    17 COMMENTS

    1. Let me be clear, govt intervention in our yeshivas is terrible and dangerous. In fact that’s the danger with the democratic party. Its not just forcing the actual secular studies but whats in it as well. History like the marriage equality act or certina biloy subjects are against our religon. So yes govt intervention is bad.

      That all being said where does this mishigas of no english come from? Even Satmar years ago had English. Can a 9th grader sit and learn gemara all day? Do they really have zits fliesh? if they ca’t learn gemara all day why not teach some kosher secular studies? Please explain whats wrong with teaching a little math and biology?? If there is anything we learned from the recent Lakewood bein hazmanim faisco its that HS boys need structure. Again let me be clear i am only discussing kosher secular studies. Govt’s should not mandate what we learn. That would be bad.

        • I learned secular studies. I have a NY state regents diploma. My grade average from the NY state regents is a 95. “English” is a very small piece of the pie of which I performed the worse in receiving only an 82. And the “English” that was taught was nonsense. Most of my essays were about shakespare, Macbeth etc… It was not about how to write business memos etc….

          FYI I have a college degree too.

    2. MOSTER and the rest of your miserable ilk,
      You can go find now a decent job and stop Shnoring for your failing mission.

      If you want a good secular education send your kids to public schools just make sure they dont go to school with guns and knives becuase they have metal detectors.

        • I didn’t write that comment but in his defense that rant is very purposeful. Its part of the greater discussion on hand. Moster is a loser who shnorred money for some fake campigan. He prides himslef as being an intleectual yet can’t get a normal job. And he has the chutzpa to tell us to get an education. Charity begins at home. Tell moster to get an education and a job first. No footseps artist jobs. They need to get real jobs on STEM.

        • There’s a big purpose! It’s th viciousness and vindictiveness of the OTD who started this whole mess by running to complain about Yeshivos to the DOE! What an aveira they got and the huge chilul Hashem they caused is immeasurable!

    3. Certainly a great victory for those who don’t want to work after graduation. The insanely high poverty rates here and in Israel are testimony to this great system. And you don’t need to be vaccinated! How wonderful.

    4. Why can’t they learn a little English? If and when they finish Yeshivah and do study in a kolel, if they want a part time job they have to go for an interview. Not all interviews are in Yiddish. They must speak English fluently and chipping their teeth to look for a word!

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