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Take action on behalf of the 65,000 children who are being denied an education

We can’t wait any longer. And Hasidic school children, the victims of educational neglect, certainly can’t wait any longer.

The Problem:

In New York City, tens of thousands of children attending ultra-Orthodox yeshivas are being denied a basic education. This means they are not learning English, Math, Science, or Social Studies.

New York State Education law § 3204 requires all non-public schools to provide their pupils with instruction that is “at least substantially equivalent” to what is being provided in public schools.

In July 2015, fifty two Yeshiva graduates and parents filed a complaint that listed 39 Yeshivas in New York City that are not meeting substantial equivalency.

It’s been six years now with no action even though the NYC DOE finally acknowledged that 26 out of the 28 Yeshivas they investigated did not meet substantial equivalency.

The DOE promised to remedy the problem but hasn’t, and another school year has just begun. If the New York City Mayor and Chancellor don’t take action, tens of thousands of students will be denied their right to an education for yet another school year.

It is time for elected officials and the New York City and State Education Departments to take action, but they will not do so without pressure from the public. With the push of a few buttons below, you can send them a letter demanding that they do their job.

Thank you!

Write to the New York Governor Kathy Hochul & State Education Department​

Write to the New York City Department of Education

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