“A bill seeking stricter oversight of private schools was introduced to the state Assembly Monday by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, D-Suffern.
The measure aims to ensure that private schools provide an education that is “substantially equivalent” to that of public schools in the same region, as required by law.
State Education Department spokeswoman Jeanne Beattie told The Journal News in September that her department is “unaware of any penalties exacted against districts or superintendents for failure to determine substantial equivalence.”
The current law, passed in 1928, holds district superintendents responsible for upholding that standard. It offers detailed recommendations as to what subjects should be taught. It does not, however, require any tests to prove it.
In other words, the law has never been enforced.”
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