Petitioners from east Jerusalem are demanding a refund of school tuition for families whose children were forced to learn in private schools because of the lack of space in public schools.
Supreme Court justices have criticized that the State has not implemented the Compulsory Education Law in east Jerusalem. In a hearing on the Association for Civil Rights' petition against the Jerusalem Municipality and the Education Ministry, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish said that the state has slept away some years not doing anything to improve the congestion in educational institutions in east Jerusalem.
Justice Ayala Procaccia scolded state representatives, saying that it seems to her that the authorities have no definite plans for finding a solution to the problem and that the State cannot inform the court that it has not complied with the clause in the law because of the complexity of the situation in east Jerusalem.
The state representative responded that in the last four years 174 new classrooms were built.