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

Tens of thousands of New York children attend ultra-orthodox yeshivas that refuse to provide a sound, basic education.  Despite New York State law mandating that ALL schools teach secular subjects, these yeshivas refuse to give their students an education in subjects such as Math, English, and History.

Our government officials must  do their job and enforce the law!

We need your help to make sure they do that.  Act now!  fill out this from to send an email to the NYC schools chancellor, the Mayor, and the members of the Panel for Educational Policy to tell them to enforce New York education law section 3204.


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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 seven 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 is approaching. If you don’t take action tens of thousands of students will be denied their right to an education for yet another school year.

This is an injustice that must not continue!

We urge you to take action immediately and enforce New York State Education Law § 3204.

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