As part of deal between Deri and Piron, Shas’ education network will incorporate core curriculum, follow ministry’s guidelines.
Shas announced Monday evening that its chairman, Aryeh Deri, and Finance Minister Yair Lapid have reached an agreement with Education Minister Shai Piron under which the finance minister will shelve his plan to cut funding the ultra-Orthodox party’s school system — including the Ma’ayan Hahinuch Hatorani network and independent Shas schools.
Shas, in turn, agreed to cooperate with the State-haredi education network and follow the guidelines of the Education Ministry, meaning the religious party would have to teach the core curriculum at its schools.
“This is a historic night. Haredi schools will be subject to standardized testing and core studies in order to gain funding,” Piron told Ynet.
According to him, the Education Ministry will establish a network of State-haredi schools. “For the first time, the haredim are accepting the terms of the education system,” said the minister.
Deri said the decision not to cut the school system’s budget “marks the beginning of discussions that are crucial for us all at this time.”