Jewish private school remains open two years after losing operating license

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A private Jewish school that had its operating license suspended two years ago is still operating, even after a school board reported it to the Batshaw youth protection department last month.

A government inspection found that teachers at the Beth Esther Academy in Outremont were not teaching the full government-mandated curriculum.

And only four of its 23 teachers were officially qualified to teach.

The parents of the school's 200 students were told that their children had to attend one of the area's public schools.

But the school remained open.

The issue of Jewish private schools has been making headlines recently with new Liberal education minister Yves Bolduc saying he will close the illegal ones.

And while some members of the orthodox and Hasidic communites say they are worried, others say that they are currently negotiating with the government.

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  1. Jon posted on 05/26/2014 05:32 PM
    Curriculums fall under free speech - you have the right to choose your curriculum. The government can only mandate PUBLIC schools to follow it.
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