New York City’s Department of Education is preparing an interim report on its ongoing investigation into secular education at Hasidic yeshivas in Brooklyn, to be released later this summer.
The report, the existence of which was first uncovered Thursday by the Daily News, comes years into an investigation spurred by complaints from the activist group YAFFED.
YAFFED alleges that Hasidic schools fail to meet state-mandated standards for secular education, and that elected officials knowingly allow them to get away with it.
Over the past year, officials with the DOE have visited a number of Hasidic yeshivas. In response to the probe, yeshivas have promised to improve aspects of the secular education they provide.
“We are encouraged by the work that is being done and will continue supporting schools to make improvements when necessary to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education,” DOE spokesperson Toya Holness said in a statement to the Forward.
New York City Yeshiva Investigation Report Coming Soon
Josh Nathan-Kazis is a staff writer for the Forward. He covers charities and politics, and writes investigations and longform.