Spring Valley, NY asked in Education Law for New York

Q: Can NYSED mandate the curriculum of a school that receives no state funds and doesn't award diplomas?

Can the New York State Department of Education force a private, religious school to learn secular subjects when the school in question receives no state or federal funding and doesn't award diplomas to its graduates?

If possible, I'd like to know which laws are relevant in such a case. Thank you in advance.

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Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
  • Education Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: If you are looking for a New York license, you need to follow the requirements. A "school" can be unregulated, like a religious school that meets on weekends. But if you are looking for the school to satisfy the education requirement that kids be in school, you need State licensing.

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