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Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Lee Zeldin Slams NYC’s Efforts To Invade Yeshiva’s

By 07/10/2022 11:00 AMNo Comments

Lauding the high quality of education imparted in the city’s Yeshivas, gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin defended their curriculum and attacked New York State’s effort to invade yeshivas.

At an event in Kensington this week, the Republican candidate was asked by Hamodia reporter Reuvain Borchardt about the State Education Department’s proposed regulations. He replied saying, “The state is wrong to be pushing the substantial-equivalency standards. As we see here in Brooklyn, with yeshiva education, they’re providing a high-quality education for a lot of young boys and girls here in the community…And unfortunately, right now, they are attacking these private-school educations.”

He continued, “My mother was a fourth-grade elementary teacher at a yeshiva in Brooklyn growing up before she became a public-school teacher on Long Island. And I have found that the yeshiva education is a high-quality education that should be embraced, should be rewarded, and we should make life administering one of these schools easier, not harder.” Zeldin had also previously criticized the effort during a primary debate.

On the other hand, despite being endorsed by top Jewish organizations across the city, incumbent Governor and Democratic candidate Kathy Hochul has previously dodged the same question saying that “the state Education Department operated 100% independently from the administration. It is not an agency that I have jurisdiction or oversight over. But I’m also listening to the concerns of the community and I’m taking them very seriously.”

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