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Judge Voids Rules Aimed At Reforming NY’s Ultra-Orthodox Schools

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A judge has ruled that New York state overstepped its authority when it announced new guidelines for monitoring private schools, including religious schools.

Thursday's ruling by a state judge in Albany nullifies guidelines intended to ensure that ultra-Orthodox Jewish yeshivas teach secular subjects like English and math.

The state Education Department had announced the new directives in November. A pro-yeshiva group filed a lawsuit challenging the guidelines, and groups representing Roman Catholic schools and secular private schools also filed lawsuits.

Judge Christina Ryba sided with the plaintiffs and ruled that the new guidelines were not implemented in compliance with the State Administrative Procedure Act.

A spokeswoman for the Education Department says it is reviewing the decision "and will determine the appropriate next steps."

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