FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 20th, 2018
Contact: Naftuli Moster, firstname.lastname@example.org
Yaffed Responds to NYC Chancellor Carranza’s Letter to NYSED Commissioner Elia, Calls for intensified, Speedier Investigation of Yeshivas Accused of Failing to Provide Adequate Secular Instruction to Students
(New York, NY) – Today, Young Advocates for Fair Education (YAFFED), a nonprofit committed to improving educational standards and curricula within ultra-Orthodox schools, held a press conference to discuss the letter from Chancellor Richard Carranza to New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia regarding the status of his investigation of some NYC yeshivas.
YAFFED Executive Director Naftuli Moster said “We are pleased that Chancellor Richard Carranza kept his promise to be more transparent than his predecessor. We hope this letter ushers in a new era of transparency and accountability.”
YAFFED called on the Chancellor and the Department of Education to redouble their efforts to ensure that all yeshivas provide their students with an education that is at least “substantially equivalent” to that of public schools.
“The letter confirms YAFFED’s allegations that lack of secular studies is a serious problem for many children in ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic yeshivas. It is a validation of our concerns, even though the investigation was incomplete. Clear evidence that the educational programs are not equivalent was found, even though inspectors were denied entry by many of the yeshivas.”
“There’s only one reason a school would bar the city from entering: they are hiding something. They are hiding because the situation is so bad that even with advance notice, they could not get their act together enough to make a pretense of compliance with the law.”
David Bloomfield, Professor of Education Leadership, Law & Policy Brooklyn College and The CUNY Graduate Center, added:
"The Chancellor's letter describes a delayed, superficial, and deferential process of mayoral malfeasance and educational malpractice that denies students their basic educational rights in violation of state law."