An advocacy group filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that a recently amended New York state law that relaxes educational standards for frum schools is unconstitutional, the Wall Street Journal reports.
In the lawsuit, Young Advocates for Fair Education, a nonprofit organization that seeks to bring secular education standards to yeshivos, argues that the measure violates the Constitution’s First Amendment by granting special treatment to yeshivos.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, names as defendants New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa. The legislature passed the measure as part of the state budget in April. Mr. Cuomo signed it into law on April 12.
State guidelines require private schools offer a “substantially equivalent” education to that of public schools, and charge school districts with enforcing the standard.
The Felder Amendment, named for state Sen. Simcha Felder, exempts certain schools—nonprofit institutions that offer bilingual programs and long school days—and puts the commissioner of the New York State Education Department in charge of evaluations.
Read the lawsuit HERE.