Despite Winning 1,000 Pre-K Seats, N.Y. Jewish Advocates Still Frustrated

Some Jewish Schools Want More Hours For Religious Study

by Josh Nathan-Kazis

September 22, 2014

New York City awarded more than 1,000 seats to Jewish schools in its new free full-day pre-kindergarten program, but some advocates remain frustrated.

Called “Pre-K for All,” the new program offers free schooling to over 50,000 New York City children and is a signature achievement for Mayor Bill de Blasio.

In May, the mayor said that he had conceived of the program with Orthodox yeshivas in mind. But tensions between Orthodox leaders and the mayor’s office have strained the process, with some assailing the mayor’s office for what they call a lack of flexibility.

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