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Rethinking the Response to Rising Antisemitism in Schools: Why Punishment Isn’t the Answer

In a recent hearing on rising antisemitism in schools, school leaders and university presidents were called to address the issue. Some Republicans clashed with K-12 school leaders over how to handle incidents of antisemitism, with Congress grilling district leaders on the rise of such incidents in high schools. The New York Public Schools chancellor criticized Republicans for staging a “gotcha” hearing on antisemitism, highlighting that the district had already disciplined staff involved in such incidents. The article suggests that punishment may not be the sole answer to addressing antisemitism in schools.


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