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Montreal Jewish school hit by gunfire

Montreal police investigating after the Belz school in the city was hit by gunfire. The incident took place days after a Toronto Jewish school was targeted by gunfire.

Montreal Jewish school hit by gunfire

NYC:

Next up for congressional antisemitism hearings: Public schools

House Republicans questioning public school leaders about how they’re addressing antisemitism; David Banks, chancellor of New York City’s public school system, to testify at the Capitol.

Next up for congressional antisemitism hearings: Public schools

Education Ministry:

No plans to return to distance learning due to war

Ministry forced to issue denial after message circulates warning parents to prepare for distance learning after Passover due to potential war in north.

No plans to return to distance learning due to war

ADL unveils:

New online antisemitism course for teens

Four-part digital learning experience unravels complexities of antisemitism, helps students to identify and challenge bias.

New online antisemitism course for teens

Sderot schools reopen 5 months after massacre

60% of students return to school today, 5 months after October 7 massacre, with many parents and students still fearful for their safety.

Sderot schools reopen 5 months after massacre

Maryland:

School district facing Title VI investigation

Feds open antisemitism investigation at a Maryland school district after a conservative activist’s complaint.

School district facing Title VI investigation

Chicago:

District where students held walkout investigated

Chicago school district, where students walked out to protest Israel-Hamas war, now faces federal Title VI investigation.

District where students held walkout investigated

Despite updated guidelines

Schools in communities near Gaza won't reopen

Ministry of Education clarifies that even though the guidelines allow a return to school on Sunday next week - this will not happen anytime soon.

Schools in communities near Gaza won't reopen

Delaware:

School district to compensate antisemitism victim

Delaware school district promises changes in response to federal probe of antisemitic bullying.

School district to compensate antisemitism victim

Florida:

Lawsuit after Anne Frank's diary pulled from schools

Anne Frank’s diary, ‘Schindler’s List’ among titles at center of major Florida book-ban lawsuit.

Lawsuit after Anne Frank's diary pulled from schools

Mayor demands: Train teenagers to use small arms

In light of current security tensions, Mayor of Kiryat Gat, Aviram Dahari, demands that teenagers be trained in the use of small arms.

Mayor demands: Train teenagers to use small arms

Iowa judge blocks law removing Holocaust books from schools

Citing risk to Elie Wiesel’s ‘Night,’ Iowa judge blocks key parts of state book ban law.

Iowa judge blocks law removing Holocaust books from schools

Teen saves classmate who fainted during phys. ed.

Guy Alon noticed a classmate had fainted, and sprang into action, performing CPR and using a defibrillator to save his classmate's life.

Teen saves classmate who fainted during phys. ed.

Evacuated children attending school at Holocaust memorial museum

Yad Vashem has turned itself into a school for children whose communities were attacked on Oct. 7.

Evacuated children attending school at Holocaust memorial museum

NYC:

Officials defend Queens school where Jewish teacher was targeted

NYC education officials defend Queens high school where student protest targeted pro-Israel teacher.

Officials defend Queens school where Jewish teacher was targeted

Investigation opens after students forced teacher to shelter

Investigation underway after Queens high school students reportedly riot over a teacher’s support for Israel.

Investigation opens after students forced teacher to shelter

Illinois:

Program that helped families with day school tuition ends

Illinois tax credit program for private schools set to end, upsetting Jewish advocates.

Program that helped families with day school tuition ends

Following nighttime intercept, Eilat mayor imposes restrictions

Middle schools in Eilat will not hold in-person studies, Eilat mayor says.

Following nighttime intercept, Eilat mayor imposes restrictions

Florida 'Mom For Liberty' goes on antisemitic livestream

The first Mom For Liberty to successfully ban Anne Frank went on an antisemitic livestream.

Florida 'Mom For Liberty' goes on antisemitic livestream

Home Front Command: This is where schools can open

Jerusalem municipality clarifies: No school on Sunday, updates will be released as necessary.

Home Front Command: This is where schools can open

Minnesota:

School board candidate wants all Jewish children in foster homes

An avowed Holocaust denier is running for school board in Minnesota.

School board candidate wants all Jewish children in foster homes

High school strike to end?

Interim agreement reached with teachers union

Interim agreement requires grades to be reported to Ed. Min., full agreement by December.

Interim agreement reached with teachers union

Jerusalem:

Gunshots fired towards Arab school due to Israeli curriculum

Gunshots fired towards Arab school after it began teaching Israeli curriculum instead of Palestinian Authority-Jordanian curriculum.

Gunshots fired towards Arab school due to Israeli curriculum

Four days to September 1:

Finance Min. official: 'We're only at the start of negotiations'

'Finance Ministry is offering us to reduce number of school hours,' Teachers' Union chair says.

Finance Min. official: 'We're only at the start of negotiations'

California:

Education Board demands ethnic studies to avoid 'bias & bigotry'

California Jewish groups, on guard against antisemitism, welcome state’s mandate that ethnic studies classes avoid ‘bigotry.’

Education Board demands ethnic studies to avoid 'bias & bigotry'

Belz schools to implement core curriculum

Two schools to participate in initial pilot program, as agreement expected to expand to include all Belz schools and their 9,000 students.

Belz schools to implement core curriculum

Study examines how class size impacts academic achievement

New study offers insight into the substitutability between class size and instructional hours and its impact on academic achievement.

Study examines how class size impacts academic achievement

South Carolina:

'The Fixer' given go-ahead to return to school shelves

South Carolina school district to return Bernard Malamud’s ‘The Fixer’ to shelves after yearlong removal.

'The Fixer' given go-ahead to return to school shelves

Iowa:

Maus removed from list of books to pull from school libraries

‘Maus’ evades a ban in Iowa after school district cites ‘ambiguity’ in new state law.

Maus removed from list of books to pull from school libraries

Novel about antisemitism faces challenges in South Carolina

A South Carolina school district removed ‘The Fixer,’ a classic novel about antisemitism with its own history of school controversies.

Novel about antisemitism faces challenges in South Carolina

'Leave Our Kids Alone!'

Muslims protest LGBT movement in Canada

Muslim parents marched through Mississauga in protest against LGBT messaging in schools.

Muslims protest LGBT movement in Canada

Parents complained about tuition - and this haredi MK stepped in

MK Moshe Gafni intervenes after parents complain of no change in tuition following increase in haredi institutions' budget.

Parents complained about tuition - and this haredi MK stepped in

NYC changes school calendar to accommodate last days of Passover

Last 2 days of Passover will now be days off at NYC public schools next year.

NYC changes school calendar to accommodate last days of Passover

Missouri:

School board votes to leave 'Maus' on school bookshelves

Missouri school board votes not to ban ‘Maus’ from district bookshelves following criticism.

School board votes to leave 'Maus' on school bookshelves

Gush Etzion school to be named after Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein

Orot Etzion Boys School will be renamed Neve Hare”l School in honor of

Gush Etzion school to be named after Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein

Missouri district examining whether 'Maus' violates new law

A Missouri school district could ban Art Spiegelman’s ‘Maus,’ citing concerns about whether it is ‘explicit sexual material.’

Missouri district examining whether 'Maus' violates new law

Education Committee:

Complaints about kosher food on trips not handled appropriately

Education Committee discusses issue of kosher food during school activities. 'Responsibility lies with the school principals.'

Complaints about kosher food on trips not handled appropriately

New York:

Court strikes down key part of curriculum regulations

Albany Supreme Court rules that some parts of regulations that targeted yeshivas exceeded State Education Department’s authority.

Court strikes down key part of curriculum regulations

Over 650 Iranian schoolgirls poisoned with toxic gas

Mass poisoning appears to be orchestrated plot to prevent girls from attending school.

Over 650 Iranian schoolgirls poisoned with toxic gas

Maryland schools report nine antisemitic acts in 5-day period

Montgomery County dealing with outbreak of antisemitism at multiple schools, with council president calling for anti-hate task force.

Maryland schools report nine antisemitic acts in 5-day period

Today:

Schools closed due to general strike by local authorities

Federation of Local Authorities launches general strike which will see educational institutions across the country shutting their doors.

Schools closed due to general strike by local authorities

ADL partners with school libraries to expand Holocaust resources

Collaboration will see ADL aid school libraries with Holocaust education, and strategies to address bullying and bias.

ADL partners with school libraries to expand Holocaust resources

Brazilian teen with Nazi armband arrested trying to bomb school

Teenager arrested with explosives and hatchet outside of school by police who later find Nazi propaganda at his home.

Brazilian teen with Nazi armband arrested trying to bomb school

The Diaspora schools project

This is not a second Holocaust.  It has another name:  Assimilation. Our numbers in the Diaspora are getting smaller and smaller. Op-ed.

The Diaspora schools project

Education Minister:

'No politicians in schools without my authorization'

"A giant step toward dictatorship," says previous Education Minister Shasha-Biton.

'No politicians in schools without my authorization'

Swastikas found on desks at three schools in Maryland

Three antisemitic incidents occur in the same week at schools in Montgomery, Maryland.

Swastikas found on desks at three schools in Maryland

Europe’s future? See the maternity wards and schools

It is enough to visit a maternity ward, primary school or playground in a large city to see that Europe's farewell has taken place. Op-ed.

Europe’s future? See the maternity wards and schools

Italian government to focus on combating antisemitism in schools

Italy’s education ministry signs memorandum with Jewish leaders to promote initiatives to fight antisemitism in school system.

Italian government to focus on combating antisemitism in schools

Florida School District

Children’s book about Shabbat returned after year-plus ‘review’

Why did Jacksonville, Florida school district remove Jewish-themed books from its shelves for 15-month 'review'?

Children’s book about Shabbat returned after year-plus ‘review’

New survey spotlights parents' distrust in education system

The survey found that 76% of parents are dissatisfied with the way the system functions, 57% feel that curriculums are outdated.

New survey spotlights parents' distrust in education system

'We're not working for free':

1,000 school secretaries demonstrate in Tel Aviv

Around 1,000 school administrative employees hold demonstration in Tel Aviv, protesting high workload and low pay.

1,000 school secretaries demonstrate in Tel Aviv

Missouri:

New law leads some districts to pull Maus from school shelves

Several Holocaust books, including ‘Maus,’ have been yanked from some Missouri schools amid state law.

New law leads some districts to pull Maus from school shelves

Indiana: School board candidate says 'not all Nazis were bad'

Matt Keefer, candidate for an Indiana school board, says teaching that all Nazis were bad would be 'indoctrination.'

Indiana: School board candidate says 'not all Nazis were bad'

Labor leader: Haredi party head is destroying haredim's future

Yitzhak Goldknopf, head of haredi UTJ party, says studying math hasn't advanced Israel's economy.

Labor leader: Haredi party head is destroying haredim's future

Sweden halts COVID vaccination for healthy children

Swedish schools remained open throughout pandemic, but severe illness in children was rare.

Sweden halts COVID vaccination for healthy children

Austria introduces measures to combat antisemitism in schools

Package of measures will address discrimination against Jewish students through antisemitism education and teacher training.

Austria introduces measures to combat antisemitism in schools

New York:

Private schools to be required to follow academic standards

New York State approves regulations that would force private schools, including Hasidic schools, to provide proper secular education.

Private schools to be required to follow academic standards

New York:

Outrage at proposal to force yeshivas to teach public curriculum

Jewish leaders protest measure that would force Orthodox schools to provide education equivalent to that of a public school.

Outrage at proposal to force yeshivas to teach public curriculum

'No real problem was solved with new teacher agreement'

Despite excitement over new teacher agreement, 'no real solution' has been found to most of the system's core issues, attorney says.

'No real problem was solved with new teacher agreement'

After strike averted:

New school year begins today

About 2.5 million students begin the new school year, a day after a teachers' strike was averted.

New school year begins today