Rockland County, NY - Class Action Lawsuit Against Charedi Yeshivas Sparks New Bill Aimed At Improving Non-Public School Education
Rockland County, NY - On the heels of the class action lawsuit filed last week against the state and the East Ramapo School District by local families, a Rockland County assemblyman is set to introduce legislation that seeks to improve on a 90-year-old law guaranteeing quality education to private school students.
LOHUD.com (http://lohud.us/1NNS4rv) reports that Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski (D-New City) said his office had been researching an existing an obscure 1928 law which allows the state to enforce penalties on private schools not offering a legal standard of “substantial equivalence,” but the lawsuit filed by East Ramapo families forced his hand in speeding up the process of writing the bill.
“I don’t think parents or students should have to resort to the courts in order to receive a quality education in New York,” Zebrowski said.
The current 1928 law—-which State Education Department spokeswoman Jeanne Beattie admits has seemingly never been enforced—-holds district superintendents responsible for ensuring that private schools in their district meet state guidelines. Zebrowski’s new bill would transfer that responsibility to the Commissioner of the State Education Department.
Zebrowski’s new law would broaden the available penalties for the commissioner to impose on schools not meeting state guidelines, running from “imposing a corrective action plan within the district” to “permanently revoking a school’s registration and prohibiting it from operating.”
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