Jewish Charter Schools: A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come

Diane Ravitch details why we need to keep the church/state divide, especially when it comes to schools.

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Jewish charter schools? There are only a few, but their number is growing. They prefer to be known as Hebrew language charter schools, which helps them skirt the issue of separation of church and state.

But whatever they call themselves, they are all founded and run by Jews and some are based in Jewish religious facilities and led by clergy.

They are funded, however, by public tax dollars.

They can be found in Florida, Néw York, and other states. Some feature Hebrew immersion (Hebrew is the official language of Israel, which is a Jewish state.)

Read here about the two different types of Hebrew charter schools.

And read here about the Hebrew charter school that was approved to open in San Antonio, Texas, this fall. It will open in a Jewish community center that previously maintained a Jewish day school.

What’s wrong with Hebrew charter schools?

It violates the long-established…

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One thought on “Jewish Charter Schools: A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come

  1. Interesting-the Jewish community is hardly monolithic-I would guess the people who support Jewish charter schools would probably not object to charter schools connected to other religions-it’s the liberal Jews who have this problem with “separation of church and state”although no such phrase exists in the Constitution.I personally think charter schools supported by public funds probably shouldn’t have a religious orientation-although no one in their right mind would call me liberal-and being”Jewish”to me is something they put on my dogtags in the service-nothing more-my beliefs are my own business-and yet i resent the scourging of the mention of God from public schools where it does no harm-why can’t kids sing The Battle Hymn of the Republic”or My Country Tis of Thee like we did in my day?That kind of activity hardly is what the establishment clause was meant to address.I no more want children in public schools to be limited by religious zealots than I do by militant atheists.Acknowledgment of a higher power(God,Creator-whatever you want to believe)isn’t such a bad thing for developing young people to be aware of.I’m sure my comment did nothing to clear up this question but not everything is susceptible to simple solutions.t

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