Increasing Access to the Core Curriculum at Haredi Schools
NIF grantees have been demanding that Haredi parents have the right to a school that teaches maths, English, and other core subjects.
Israel’s Ministry of Education is set to publish procedures for setting up more state-run Haredi schools in which the full secular core curricula (including maths and English) are taught. The procedure would allow parents to insist that their local authority set up such a school. NIF grantees, including the Berl Katznelson Foundation, have been demanding that Haredi parents have the right to a school that teaches maths, English, and other core subjects.
The Ministry of Education procedures state that the new Haredi school system will be entitled to greater funding, on par with state-secular and the religious Zionist school systems.
The State Haredi School system was set up ten years ago and today there are 70 such schools and 240 kindergartens around Israel. Only 4% of Israeli schoolchildren are enrolled in these schools. The network of schools has provoked opposition from many in the mainstream Haredi community, especially the existing independent Haredi school network, which receives some state funding but refuses to teach maths and English.
Over the years, many parents have petitioned courts against local authorities who refuse to allow such schools to operate. The new procedures will also require local authorities to provide transport for schoolchildren to reach the schools.