Under the stewardship of NY State Chairman Curtis Sliwa and Kings County Chairman Bob Capano, the state’s Reform Party has been mixing it up on the issues with other political parties and getting serious contenders in place for this fall’s elections.
One issue that affects many yeshivah school kids and their parents in the Canarsie Courier’s coverage area in Brooklyn, as well as throughout the state, and that has been gaining traction in parochial educational circles, is what the Young Advocates For Fair Education (YAFFED) describes as a sub-standard secular education provided in some ultra-Orthodox schools.
To be fair, it is an issue that most Orthodox parents – at least publically – do not subscribe to. However, both in Brooklyn and Upstate, a growing, vocal minority of parents and education advocates have been talking to the media to push for better secular educational offerings and standardized testing.
Needless to say, yeshivah administrators are not thrilled with the prospect of increased state oversight of their curricula.
It is an issue that Sliwa protégé, and fellow long-term Guardian Angels member, Luis Rivera, is passionate about. Rivera, the Reform Party challenger currently gunning for Democratic State Senator Simcha Felder’s Brooklyn District 17 seat, issued a blistering press release in which he claims Felder had a cameo role in lowering the bar for yeshivah education standards.