Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Establishment Clause Challenge To New York's Carve Out of Standards For Yeshivas

A lawsuit was filed in a New York federal district court yesterday challenging the so-called Felder Amendment to New York state's 2018 Budget Bill. The Amendment, tailored to apply only to Orthodox Jewish non-public schools, allows lower secular education standards in such schools.  The complaint (full text) in Young Advocates for Fair Education v. Cuomo, (ED NY, filed 7/23/2018), contends that the Felder Amendment violates the Establishment Clause by aiding ultra-Orthodox Jewish non-public schools and entangling the government with religion. Wall Street Journal reports on the lawsuit. [Thanks to Steven H. Sholk for the lead.]