Professor Awi Federgruen of Columbia Business School submitted an affidavit to the Albany Supreme Court late last week in response to the State’s reliance on a paper published by an anti-yeshiva group to justify its regulations.
Professor Federgruen wrote that:
“The Commissioner’s inclusion of the report and her reliance on it suggests that it provides a basis and justification for the regulations recently enacted by the State Education Department. A review of the report establishes that it does no such thing.”
Professor Federgruen points out that in response to his prior criticism a lawyer for the anti-yeshiva group acknowledged to a federal court that their report “never claims to be a scientific survey.”
Professor Federgruen also addressed criticisms about Yeshivas receiving public funds, explaining that “using a conservative estimate of the cost to educate public school students leads to the conclusion that the Yeshiva system saves New York taxpayers more than $5 billion annually, and more than $50 billion over a decade.”
Read Professor Federgruen’s entire affidavit below.
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