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Public Charter School in Florida for Hebrew Speakers???

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Florida Jewish News and Yeshiva World News are talking about the fact that Florida is going to have the first Public Charter School that will be a Hebrew-English school.

This means the following

1) The children will recieve a bi-lingual education of English and Hebrew
2) They will have to do all the subjects the public schools do
3) Due to the bi-lingual aspect there will be Jewish Culture/History put into the curriculum for two hours of the day
4) Since it is a public school teaching of Torah or Religion will not be permitted, though the students can be permitted to organize their own prayer groups.

Could this work in NY? Doubtful, esp. since NY State is much stricter on the whole seperation of Church and State. However we think its a good plan in theory. Many Jewish Schools operate till 6 or 7 PM here in NY. Why not allow the students to be able to learn an actual education and then be able to learn from 2pm till 6 or 7 hebrew? Mind you most Jewish Schools go from 9 till 1 or 2 so therefore they would still learnt he same 4 or 5 hours of Hebew learning but at a different time during the day.

It’s an interesting thought.


Written by frombrooklyn

May 20, 2007 at 10:02 PM

Posted in Florida, Schooling

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  1. Both my kids go to charter schools and it could most certainly work. One of the schools was started by a group of parents who wanted a public school where the parents had a lot more input on what went on. They wrote a proposal and hired a “charter” company that helps start the school. It was a 3 year undertaking but the school is flourishing.

    This could work if you found enough parents with the energy to make it work. It’s certainly a worthy goal for those who want their children to have a quality Jewish education.

    If you want to write me about it, feel free


    May 20, 2007 at 11:55 PM

  2. do u mean go to an all jewish charter school in the morning or go to regular public school with goyim?


    May 21, 2007 at 7:27 PM

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