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Yeshivas Secular Education Advocates File Another DOE Complaint

Advocates for improving secular education in yeshivas are mounting pressure on New York City to release the results of its years-long survey of Hasidic schools.

Young Advocates For Fair Education, or YAFFED, filed a formal complaint this month demanding that the city’s Department of Education publicly acknowledge whether its investigation is complete or ongoing.

“It’s time for the city to provide an update on the status of this investigation and start enforcing these basic standards in all schools,” said Naftuli Moster, founder and executive director of YAFFED, at a conference. press on Wednesday.

The complaint was filed July 13 with the New York State Department of Education. He demands to see DOE records and remediation plans, and also alleges that the department’s apparent inaction “harms parents and students at named schools by depriving them of the ability to make informed educational decisions.” “.

Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union and State Senator Robert Jackson were among leaders to call for more transparency on Wednesday – seven years after YAFFED filed its first lawsuit alleging that dozens of yeshivas weren’t have not offered basic academics.

YAFFED Founder and Executive Director Naftuli Moster called on the city to “clean house” and enforce “basic standards in all schools”.
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Earlier this summer, a New York state judge ruled that city and state education agencies must complete their investigations into yeshivas. The decision came as a number of religious schools sent 180,000 letters to the Education Department opposing proposed guidelines for increased state oversight in institutions.

The DOE declined to comment on “ongoing investigations and litigation” — while state education officials said it could not comment on ongoing appeals overseen by Commissioner Betty Rosa.