New York City Department of Education

Chasidic Parents, Yeshiva Grads Sue State For Ignoring Subpar Secular Ed

Class-action lawsuit focuses on Rockland County schools; DOE mum on NYC probe.

11/19/2015 - 19:00
Deputy Managing Editor


Yeshiva parents and graduates are suing the state for turning a blind eye to chasidic yeshivas that fail to provide boys with an adequate secular education.

From New Square to Williamsburg, Chasidic boys are getting a subpar secular education. Michael Datikash/JW

Reversing Course, DOE Vows To Broaden Yeshiva Probe

Chancellor says officials to look into quality of secular ed by visiting schools — but as "supporters" not "inspectors."

10/07/2015 - 20:00
Deputy Managing Editor

Following sharp criticism by education activists that the city’s plan to investigate complaints of subpar secular education at dozens of chasidic yeshivas didn’t go far enough, a city official told The Jewish Week that the probe has been expanded to include school visits. 

In Williamsburg, chasidic boys study long hours each day, but all but 90 minutes are spent on Jewish texts. Michael Datikash/JW

Yeshiva Probe — Or Punt?

DOE investigation of 39 chasidic schools relies solely on documents provided by the schools themselves.

08/04/2015 - 20:00
Deputy Managing Editor

The city’s plan for investigating the quality of secular instruction at dozens of Brooklyn chasidic yeshivas won’t include site visits and will depend entirely on documents supplied by the yeshivas themselves, The Jewish Week has learned.

Yaffed's most recent billboard, in which the children tell their father they want to study secular subjects. Courtesy of Yaffed

Ask A Lawyer: Can A City Preschooler Still Get Disability Services At Home And School?

In this column, special education lawyer and advocate Regina Skyer will address reader’s questions and concerns regarding their child’s special education needs, as well as the services, programs and entitlements available within New York City. She asks readers to send their questions to For more on how the column works, click here.

I recently received a question from a woman who is very worried about her upcoming initial review with New York City’s Committee on Preschool Special Education.

Regina Skyer
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