In what is most likely the second most important law for the chareidi community after the Tal Law, the Shas Party successfully pushed through the Yeshiva Ketana Law, providing state funding for talmedei torah schools despite the fact they are not complying with the law compelling them to include secular subject matter in their curriculum.
Not long before the Knesset adjourns for summer recess, Shas and Agudas Yisrael managed to push the bill through for its second and third readings, making it law. As such, chareidi elementary schools are now recognized and exempt from including secular subject matter deemed unsuitable by the yeshiva administrators.
In past years, Education Ministry funds were being given to the schools illegally, because they did not all teach the required subjects, which include math, English, science and civics. Due to a Supreme Court ruling, that funding would have ceased this year, but the new law in essence circumvented the high court ruling.
Shas leader Eli Yishai called it a major victory for the chareidim, with the bill passing into law in a 40-6 vote.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)