The majority of NYC Council Members have signed a letter to the NYS Education Department to raise concern about their guidelines for private schools.
Parents for Educational and Religious Liberty in Schools (PEARLS), has sent a statement about the City Council Letter to the State Education Commissioner:
Today, 28 New York City Council members – a majority of the Council – criticized State Education Department’s new guidelines governing New York’s non-public schools, including the state’s yeshivas.
In a letter spearheaded by Brooklyn Councilman Chaim Deutsch to the State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia, the group criticized SED’s “unprecedented incursion into private schools’ curricula” and the “process with which these guidelines have been put forward.”
This letter is signed by members of all faiths and who represent a diverse set of communities. We applaud them for standing up to tell the truth about SED’s misguided efforts.
The evidence is clear that SED mishandled these guidelines, which affect the fundamental parental and religious rights of tens of thousands of families.
We call upon the Commissioner to acknowledge the reality that these guidelines do not work for any sector of the private school community.