The Beis Medrash Govoah Roshei Yeshiva joined in the call to write letters to the New York State Education Department regarding their overreaching regulations.
In the letter, the Roshei Yeshiva stress while this issue may appear to some to be a New York issue, it is not. They state ‘This danger not only affects those in New York but to all Yeshivos in America.”
In fact, GL reported a similar ‘movement by RUOC‘ targeting the Lakewood yeshivas, in the footsteps of YAFFED.
It is important to note ‘FAA activist,’ R’ Klein, who is a Toein in a Lakewood Bes din, supports YAFFED. He has multiple Facebook posts promoting Moster & Co.
The State Education Department has proposed new regulations to control all private schools, including Yeshivas.
While this effort was thrown out by the NYS Supreme Court following lawsuits brought by Agudath Israel, PEARLS, and Torah Umesorah this past April, this is another attempt.
This time, the law requires a comment period for citizens to weigh in.
These regulations are similar to the previous Guidelines: dictating about a dozen secular subjects our Yeshivas must teach, for how long (4-5 hrs./day), and will give local public school districts the authority to approve or shut down our schools.
Results, grades, competencies, graduation rates, or other factors regarding equivalency to public schools are not taken into account for these purposes.
The proposed regulations are opposed by the vast majority of private schools and parents across the state.
HaRav Elya Brudny – Rosh yeshiva of the Mirrer Yeshiva and member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah discussed the issue last year. Watch:
HaRav Yisroel Reisman, Rav of the Agudah of Madison and Rosh yeshiva Torah V’daas discussed the issue last year. Watch:
Due to the urgency of the matter, the two Roshei Yeshiva, last year, wrote an Op-Ed to the Wall street journal.
To persuade the Board of Regents to reject the proposed regulations, Agudath Israel of America and PEARLS have spearheaded a joint campaign to raise awareness about what is at stake and the consequences if the regulations, as is, are approved.
All are encouraged to submit comments at YeshivosByChoice.org, an easy to use portal set up by the Agudah for this purpose. Alternatively, one can text 646.766.1110, and the system will prompt to send a letter.