The NYCLU submitted comment in response to the New York State Education Department’s notice of proposed rulemaking regarding “Substantially Equivalent Instruction for Nonpublic School Students.” This is a critical issue for New York students—nonpublic schools, most of which receive some public dollars, must be held accountable for delivering on the right to an education and preparing young people to succeed.

NYSED should revise the Proposed Regulations to provide greater clarity to both nonpublic schools and LSAs in engaging in substantial equivalency reviews to ensure that all New York students in nonpublic schools receive the education that they deserve.