Thursday, January 24, 2013
Suit Challenges NY Exclusion of Religious Schools From Child Protection Requirements
Vos Iz Neias? reported yesterday on a federal lawsuit filed in a New York federal district court by a minor student enrolled in a Nassau county yeshiva and by her father against the New York State Assembly and its legislative leaders. The suit claims that students' equal protection and free exercise rights are violated by the state legislature' exclusion of religious schools from state child protection laws that are mandatory in public schools. Among the requirements at issue are schools educating students in abduction prevention, running fingerprint and criminal background checks on all employees and a requirement to report child abuse that takes place in an educational setting.