Successive Quebec governments, both Liberal and PQ have been reluctant to impose the rule of law upon certain Jewish fundamentalist sects, lest they be tarred with the hackneyed label of antisemitism and so successive generations of Hasidic schools have been allowed to flout the education laws by teaching an ultra-orthodox Jewish religious syllabus to the exclusion of education ministry mandated courses.
Recently the government has been gently prodding the pirate schools to get in line by adding the mandatory courses, even if it means extending the school week into Sunday. Some schools have reluctantly agreed to implement these changes but whether they actually will is an open question.
Last week, one Hasidic school told the education ministry to take a hike.
Jewish school refuses to expand curriculum, the Yeshiva Toras Moshe told the education department that they are at an impasse and will not comply with the education department's demand that they add more non-religious content, including the dreaded ECR, a course designed to expose children to other religions and ideas.
The Education department has indicated that it will seek an injunction in October to compel the school to knuckle under, but Alex Wertzberger, a spokesman for the Yeshiva said they will be ready to fight the order.