After years of bungling, the state Board of Regents on Tuesday is about to go one more measure aiming to make “rogue” yeshivas really train math and English. Can the board get it proper this time?
This follows a New York Occasions exposé displaying at the very least one yeshiva with 100% failure charges on 2019 state studying and math exams, with almost 12 extra posting “equally dismal outcomes.”
These yeshivas concentrate on Jewish legislation, prayer and custom to the exclusion of topics that state legislation calls for of each college, public or personal. But they’ve nonetheless collected, by the Occasions’ depend, greater than $1 billion in taxpayer funds the final 4 years alone — lengthy after critics started demanding a crackdown..
No, the Regents will not be solely at fault right here. Determined to please a potent voting bloc, Metropolis Corridor below Mayor Invoice de Blasio slow-walked for years an investigation that theoretically started in 2015. And state Sen. Simcha Felder in 2018 went all out to get yeshivas exempted from requirements oversight.
However the Regents went badly off beam in 2019, by making an attempt to make use of the difficulty to seize new energy over all New York personal colleges — even those who clearly already meet the requirements. That prompted a slapdown by the state courts, sending the hassle again to the drafting board.
Then got here COVID, and the Regents proceeded to focus as a substitute on canceling state exams that may expose the disastrous lack of studying thanks to high school closures. Certainly, the present Regents’ hostility to actual requirements is as a lot of an issue right here as the problems of church-state sensitivities and the rancid backroom politics.
So cross your fingers that the board is as much as the duty of making certain that these yeshivas genuinely train college students sufficient to perform within the wider world.