A petition to New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia demanding she retract guidelines designed to force a curriculum on private schools has gained traction in just a single day.
A petition started by Rabbi Yosef Churba demanding that New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia retract guidelines designed to force a curriculum on private schools has garnered over 17,000 signatures as of 12:45pm Thursday.
The guidelines, directed that all private schools, including yeshivas, require inspections to enforce the new curriculum, and would require all yeshiva teachers to be evaluated by the State. This new curriculum comes with a comprehensive course list, including seven required classes for grades 1-5, and 11 required classes for grades 5-8.The State is even imposing the amount of time each course must be taught, with a total of seven hours a day of secular studies in grades 5-8.
These guidlines are even stricter than those of public schools, who are only required to provide 5 hours a day, of instruction.
Many Rabbonim have publicly come out against the guidelines, and more have publicly spoken out against them.
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