In his State of the City last week, Mayor de Blasio bragged of having provided seats for 50,000 kids in his “universal pre-k” program. Well, not quite “universal”: It bars nine out of 10 kids at Jewish day schools.
A group of these schools, led by the Orthodox Union, says de Blasio’s pre-k plan left them “out in the cold,” because it requires six hours and 20 minutes of “secular instruction” a day, which leaves no time for privately funded religious instruction.
They say despite several easy fixes — i.e., using the state standard of just five hours a day or offering more part-time pre-k seats — the mayor’s folks haven’t offered any. As a result, 8,000 Jewish day-school kids missed out on this year’s “universal” pre-k and are set to lose out again next year.
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