In the News: As New York Once Again Targets Religious Schools, a History Lesson in Communal Resistance



By 08/13/2019

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Tablet magazine features an article by Marvin Schick, who is in his 46th year as president of the Rabbi Jacob Joseph School, about New York State’s effort to regulate the curriculum in Jewish private schools. Schick recounts an earlier such effort, between 1939 and 1941, in which the state warned the Jewish schools that their practices violated the state’s compulsory education law.

The origins of that compulsory education law and its provision requiring that private schools require an education that is “substantially equivalent” to that of the public schools are the topic of an article by Menachem Wecker in the Fall 2019 issue of Education Next: “New York State Cracks Down On Jewish Schools.”

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