Readers sound off on nonpublic schools, ‘Send her back,' and the NFL's game schedule
Added 07-22-19 03:13:02am EST - “Port Washington, L.I.: Ira Stoll hits the nail on the head when he writes that private school parents are "justifiably suspicious of interference by politicians and bureaucrats who haven't exactly excelled in operating the public…” - Nydailynews.com
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Port Washington, L.I.: Ira Stoll hits the nail on the head when he writes that private school parents are “justifiably suspicious of interference by politicians and bureaucrats who haven’t exactly excelled in operating the public schools.” (“An education law’s rotten roots,” op-ed, July 16).
Parents choose to send their children to nonpublic schools for many reasons, but, first and foremost, they do it because they feel their public school can’t meet their specific needs. The proposed regulations by the Board of Regents would allow administrators of local public schools — the very schools that parents choose not to attend — to oversee private schools, contradicting the definition of independent. Local superintendents and boards of education would wield direct approval or rejection of all aspects of a private school’s program, including teacher hiring and specialized curriculum development.
At issue is a serious threat, not just to Catholic and Jewish schools — especially given the ugly religious bigotry at the genesis of these regulations — but to all schools that in any way deviate from the lockstep, one-size-fits-all curricula of public schools. Along with Jewish and Catholic schools, New York state has many special education, independent, and minority religious schools like Islamic, Quaker, Christian, Episcopal, Baptist and others that serve more than 442,500 children, who represent largely 18% of all K-12 students.
To punish the many because of the few is discriminatory and antithetical to the very foundation of our education system, and the proposed requirements should be dropped. Lynda Bekore, The Vincent Smith School
Massapequa Park, L.I.: I think that Nancy Pelosi is doing the right thing by not pushing for impeachment. Let the people rise up and vote Trump out of office. Let the people show what true love for our beautiful country is really all about. Let Putin know that he got his puppet in last time, but we Americans will not let it happen again! Frank Mullahey
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