An article that appears in the current issue (September 12) of the New York Jewish Week contains the following sentence, referring to bills aimed at preventing child abuse in Jewish schools.
“Agudath Israel, an umbrella group of ultra-traditional Orthodox organizations, is opposed to both the mandated reporting and finger printing, and background check legislation.”
Agudath Israel tells YWN that this sentence is false.
In a memorandum dated June 20, 2006, Agudath Israel representatives expressed “strong support” for legislation allowing nonpublic schools to fingerprint prospective employees for the purpose of conducting mandated background checks. The memo also states clearly that Agudath Israel does not oppose mandatory reporting. Agudath Israel took no position on
a more recent bill would have made fingerprinting of prospective nonpublic school employees mandatory.
(Dov Gordon – YWN)