“As the state Education Department begins accepting public comments Wednesday on proposed regulations for private-school instruction, state officials are staying quiet on key components of the regulations that concern advocates for “substantially equivalent” academics in private schools.
The regulations lay out instructional ground that private schools must cover at each level of schooling, from math and science to health education and the visual arts to citizenship and the U.S. Constitution. They are intended to clarify how private schools can comply with state law, which has long required that academic instruction in private schools be substantially equivalent to what’s taught in public schools.
But the proposed regulations include possible concessions to religious schools, particularly Hasidic yeshivas, that have faced criticism for offering limited academic instruction to male students who are focused on religious studies. [Read more…]