As Klal Yisroel is making final preparations for Pesach, YWN is glad to share the breaking news that the State Supreme Court has struck down the State Education Department’s new guidelines and declared them null and void.
The Court rejected SED’s argument that the new guidelines “do not command, order, require or dictate” anything new, finding that “the new guidelines are rules that were not implemented in compliance with the State Administrative Procedures Act and are hereby nullified.”
A spokeswoman for the Education Department said it is reviewing the decision “and will determine the appropriate next steps.”
The following is a statement by PEARLS:
We join with the more than 1,000 private schools that challenged the new guidelines in applauding the State Supreme Court’s decision declaring the new State Education Department guidelines null and void.
This stops in its tracks SED’s effort to radically transform the relationship between the State and its private schools.
At the hearing before Justice Ryba, the State characterized private school students as “voiceless children who are conscripted by their parents.” That fundamental misperception, that the State and not parents should set the educational and religious direction for children is what was at the core of the new guidelines. They deserved to be struck down.
The tens of thousands of parents who choose to send their children to yeshivas are proud of the more than 100 years of quality education and countless successful graduates they have produced. Our schools look forward to continuing that record of accomplishment.
YWN will bring you additional details later.
JUSTICE IS SERVED!
— Kalman Yeger (@KalmanYeger) April 18, 2019
The guidelines issued by @NYSEDnews were unjust and overstepped the bounds of the department. The ruling this morning that struck the rules down reaffirms what we knew about the legality and is a victory for all non-public school students. https://t.co/9dounPcnxP
— Simcha Eichenstein (@SEichenstein) April 18, 2019
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