Betsy DeVos visits elite Jewish school in NYC
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited an elite Manhattan yeshiva Tuesday, part of a two-day New York swing that comes in the midst of an escalating controversy over the shoddy secular education some kids get at some of these schools.
Arriving at 10 a.m., DeVos chatted with students and administrators at the Manhattan High School for Girls on East 70th Street.
Critics have questioned the lack of secular instruction at city yeshivas, arguing that students are not taught basic academic subjects in favor of relentless religious instruction, and whether the Upper East Side school is representative of the overall state of Big Apple yeshivas.
A spokesman for DeVos said she was familiar with the debate and hoped to further understand the yeshiva model.
She plans to visit another Jewish school Wednesday that will be named later Tuesday.
Dozens of yeshivas — mostly in Brooklyn — are being investigated for providing insufficient secular education.
DeVos last discussed the controversy with influential Jewish social services organization Agudath Israel in March 2017.
The group promotes yeshiva education and brokered DeVos’s visit to the college prep school.
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