Court Backs Chareidi Schools Against Education Ministry Interference

YERUSHALAYIM -

In a landmark ruling, a Yerushalayim District Court has decided in favor of the chareidi school system against an attempt by the Education Ministry to shut down the Central Union of Talmudei Torah.

The court dismissed the Ministry’s allegations that the Union was in violation of budgetary laws, and its demand that the
Union be prevented from continuing to function as an umbrella organization for the chareidi schools across the country, a system that has been in place for decades.

But the court went further, strengthening the position of the Union and similar chareidi educational networks by granting them official recognition not only to consult and represent the chareidi schools, but to operate them as well.

The schools were supported in their appeal by legal representatives from the Yerushalayim municipality, who attested to the importance of the Union’s uninterrupted functioning, which makes for an efficient use of resources.

In finding for the schools, the court characterized the attempted interference by the Ministry, in particular that of Minister Shai Piron (Yesh Atid), as “unreasonable conduct,” and that the Ministry should have entered into discussions with the schools rather than trying to dismantle them.