A Hebrew-English charter school that just opened in Broward County, Florida was ordered by the school board not to teach Hebrew till the board’s monitor certifies that teaching the language won’t cross the line into teaching religion. The board had approved the Hebrew curriculum in the spring, then decided it was questionable because of religious references.
Reluctantly, Ben Gamia has complied with the order.
The school board had a chance to work this out before the start of school. Why not send the monitor to observe rather than turning the school monolingual?
Many of the students transferred from private Hebrew day schools, reports the New York Times, but the school has attracted some Spanish-speaking students and some black students, who are bused from a Baptist church.