New Jersey approves first publicly funded Hebrew-language school
By Karen Keller/The Star-Ledger
September 23, 2009, 2:40PM
The state has approved New Jersey?s first publicly funded school with a mission of teaching Hebrew, according to a New Jersey Department of Education press release.
Hatikvah International Academy Charter School of East Brunswick won the green light Wednesday along with seven other charter school proposals. Nineteen applications this year were rejected.
This is hotly debated decision even among the Jewish community that do not believe the state should be funding this program. Others (as stated in the article) state this application is sham since the school has been operating and teaching religion with a tuition of 13,000 per student, which falls to $0 now.
My question is, if this school receives state acceptance, then what is there to prevent every catholic prep school from applying on similar grounds. Is teaching latin, the language of the catholic church, grounds for state support?
The obvious answer is that a catholic school would not qualify since it teaches religion and I don't think they'd be willing to abandon the classes.
My opposition is solely on the basis the school has taught religion in the past and I question their willingness to discontinue the program.