Thursday, August 9, 2007

Cancellation of Ultra-Orthodox School Funding Delayed


Call me a crazy person, but I don’t think having a secular core of classes is a bad thing (maybe they could get waivers for some classes—you know, like sex ed . . . i.e. ”Don’t look at, touch, or think about girls!” may not be enough material for an entire semester. Maybe they could substitute some health classes that deal with diet and exercise (like how to plan a hike and how much water you need), etc.

Cancellation of Ultra-Orthodox School Funding Delayed

( Israel’s Supreme Court has agreed to delay a hearing schedule for Thursday that demanded that Israel’s Ministry of Education enforce a Supreme Court ruling issued three years earlier, which called for Ultra-Orthodox high schools in Israel to implement a core curriculum, including secular subjects.

According to the Public Education Law and Education Ministry regulations, all Ultra-Orthodox schools that receive state funding are obligated to teach a minimum percentage of the total classroom hours from the core curriculum components.

Agudat Yisrael and Degel Hatorah are seeking to pass legislation that would exempt Ultra-Orthodox schools from the core curriculum requirements.

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