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A ‘Jewish Tiger Mom’ In The Spotlight

Russian-Jewish family’s grueling path to a top N.Y. high school is part of new documentary, ‘Tested.’

11/30/2015 - 19:00
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On a chilly October weekend, about 30,000 eighth graders waited in line with their parents for what could be the most important day of their lives. On those two mornings, students took the Specialized High School Standardized Admissions Test (SHSAT), the sole determinant of whether they would enroll in a specialized high school next fall; only 20 percent of them would make the cut.

Inna Fershteyn, left, her husband Alexander Ayzidor, twins Peri and Ari at the premiere of "Tested." Rivka Hia/JW

Teach Your Children Well

09/09/2015 - 20:00

New York State requires yeshivas to provide a secular education to their students that is “substantially equivalent” to what public schools offer. The fact that the law has been neglected for decades is no surprise, but it is a disgrace. 

Why Some Public School Parents Are Switching To Jewish Schools

Data suggests that hundreds of students are making the change, whether 'pulled' to day schools or 'pushed' from public.

08/30/2015 - 20:00

When Ali Martell’s eldest daughter reached school age, Martell and her husband both assumed she’d go to a Jewish day school, as they had.

An “outside classroom” at Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit. JTA

Lucy, Grade 2: 'I'm Okay,' And 'I Need Help'

For the first time in 115 years, Rosh HaShanah occurs just after Labor Day and coincides with the beginning of school for children and teachers in many states across the country. While Rosh Hashanah is always a time for reflection, this Jewish New Year provides us with a unique opportunity.

Meredith Englander Polsky
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