Brooklyn, NY - Report: DOE Plans To Visit Yeshivas As Part Of Investigation Into Secular Education
Brooklyn, NY - In response to criticism over its announcement that it would initially rely solely on reports and data submitted by 39 city yeshivas amid charges that the schools are failing to meet state guidelines with regard to offering secular education, DOE officials are changing course and now say school visits will be conducted as part of the probe.
THEJEWISHWEEK.com (http://bit.ly/1VIlcok) reports that at a press briefing last week Deputy Chancellor Josh Wallack revealed that superintendents will in fact be visiting the yeshivas, but stressed that visitations will be to “offer support” and “partner with those programs, to learn more about what they’re doing.”
Echoing that sentiment, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said, “We’re not coming in as chief inspectors, we’re coming in as chief supporters, and I think that’s where we can do something.”
Reaction to the DOE’s announcement from the public and city activists has been tepid.
Naftuli Moster, whose Young Advocates for Fair Education or YAFFED have been major players in forcing the probe, said, “The news, if accurate, is encouraging. It’s the right thing for DOE to do, and so I’m cautiously optimistic now that this investigation will be the kind of investigation we’ve been asking for.”
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