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New York State Prepares for Final Vote on Substantial Equivalency Regulations

By 09/12/2022 3:31 PMNo Comments

In a Monday vote, the New York State Board of Regents approved the new proposed regulations for private schools, as expected.

The decision was unanimous.

The final stage before the regulations become law is a vote by the board on Tuesday morning.

The restrictions are expected to be approved in that vote as well, given none of the Regents voted against them on Monday.

According to the new criteria, Yeshivos must either have an approved Regents program or be subject to review by the local education authority.

If the requirements are passed, youngsters who attend a school that does not fulfill these standards will be declared truant, allowing the state to punish or even imprison the parents.

Following publishing an early draft of the proposed regulations in March, the government received over 350,000 comments over a 60-day public comment period.

According to officials, most of the comments were philosophically opposed to state regulation of private schools, but the state seemed keen on passing the restrictions.

In a tweet Monday morning, the YAFFED organization praised Monday’s vote, while Rabbinic leaders and community people voiced disappointment.

The final vote is scheduled for Tuesday between 9:50 and 11:00 a.m.

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