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Reports that some private religious schools are not doing a good job educating students in secular subjects have raised alarm among advocates for traditional public schools and from dissatisfied graduates. Some egregious cases certainly exist. Yet religious education remains an essential means of transmitting moral values and has long played a vital role in American life.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Values: It’s a myth that public schools offer a “value-neutral” educational environment. Read more.

  2. Adding up: Fewer than 50% of New York City public school students test “proficient” in math or English. Read more.

  3. Substantially: New York State has introduced sweeping oversight rules to deal with a handful of problematic schools, which can be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Read more.

“All schools reflect some underlying value system, and it is useful to consider how these values differ across schools.”

Ray Domanico, Manhattan Institute director, education policy

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