The Ministry of Education is considering whether or not to cut the budgets of haredi (ultra-Orthodox) schools which do not enter their students into standardized elementary and middle school tests.
The ministry’s position was written in its response to a petition submitted to the High Court of Justice by the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), the legal arm of the Reform Movement in Israel.
The subjects included in the tests, known as MEITZAV, are Science, Hebrew, Mathematics and English and pupils sit for the exams in grades two, five and eight.
The petition, filed in 2007, demanded that all state-funded schools teach the core curriculum subjects and that an efficient system of inspection be established to oversee the process.
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