Saturday, May 29, 2010

Quebec Seeks To Close Jewish School For Slighting Secular Curriculum

Yesterday's Montreal Gazette reports on a lawsuit filed last month by the Canadian province of Quebec against a 50-year old Orthodox Jewish school in Montreal seeking to close it down. In the suit filed in Quebec Superior Court, the province's Education Department alleges that Academie Yeshiva Toras Moshe does not spend sufficient time on non-religious subjects to meet the province's requirements. AOL News reports that Quebec has been pressuring the school since 2006 to come into compliance with provincial requirement, but the school has refused to do so. The all-boy's school in the upscale Outremont neighborhood, now home to many Hasidic Jews, does not hold a state permit. This violates Quebec's education law.