“Chutzpah comes with power,” said Samuel Heilman. “When it comes to fraud and crime, the people who do it think they’re smarter than everyone.” The FBI raids this week on Ramapo-area yeshivas have given new ammunition to critics who question both the quality of secular education in that slice of the Jewish educational system, and how those private religious schools spend public money.
Authorities raided 22 yeshivas and businesses across Ramapo as part of a probe into how they used money from the federal E-Rate program meant to help schools buy computers, Internet access and educational technology.
“E-Rate is a symptom of a much larger problem of how these yeshivas use this (public) money,” said Naftuli Moster, head of Yaffed, an organization that advocates for improved secular education in yeshivas. “The underlying issue is the lack of oversight, which is what leads to all of this.”
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