Education & Law
Kabiri Nevo Keidar Blum & Co' Law Firm, which is one of the leading law firms in the fields of civil law and administrative law, operates a dedicated unit, the largest, oldest and most experienced of its kind in Israel, specializing in Education Law.
The Education Department is headed by Adv. Omri Kabiri and Adv. Ori Keidar, two of the firm’s senior partners, who both have upwards of 15 years’ experience in the field. On their team are: Adv. Smadar Tal-Tabibian, Adv. Hila Oved Banai, Adv. Shir Angel-Katz, all of whom have years of experience in the field of law and education. The attorneys at the firm’s Education Department are recognised as authorities in the field of education, and appear before the Knesset’s Education Standing Committee, the courts, and appeal committees, as a matter of course.
The Education Department provide legal services to hundreds of educational establishments every year, as well as organisations, local authorities, unions, parents and children, in all the diverse fields pertaining to education. Amongst the department’s clients are – special institutions (democratic, anthroposophic, Adlerian, and more), yeshivas, seminars and kindergartens in the Ultra-Orthodox sector, educational establishments in the Arab and Bedouin sectors, special educational institutions and more. The Education Department represents a large number of organisations that gather several ownerships of educational institutions, such as the private kindergartens organisation, the organisation of the Ultra-Orthodox seminars, the organisation of the exempt institutions, the forum for educational organisations and institutions, organisations for special needs children and more.
The Education Department and the firm’s team of lawyers are well versed in the legislation and case law pertinent to all education related topics, emphasising licensing proceedings, recognition and budgeting of educational institutions, the rights of societies and individuals in education, parental payments, educational establishment planning and building issues, wage control and educational establishment profile, the rights of teaching staff at educational establishments, budgeting from the Ministry of Education, the Nahari Act, education buildings’ allocation proceedings, special education, the rights of special needs children, home schooling, higher education, the Higher Education Council, and more.
Thus, for instance, the Education Department represents post-primary establishments and cultural institutions in receiving budgets and support, as well as recognition on behalf of the Higher Education Council. The department has taken part in the published legal battle regarding the Latvian branch in Israel, with significant achievements recorded in those proceedings. Amongst the Education Department’s many clients one may find teaching staff, including both teachers and school principals, being represented in employment disputes before the Employment Tribunals all over the country.
Similarly, legal advice and services are provided to parents’ groups and parental committees on the issue of parental payments, registration proceedings and sorting and screening processes at educational institutions, adding and splitting up classes at educational institutions, student transportation issues, and more.
The lawyers at the Education Department provide legal advice and legal services also to parents schooling their children at home. These parents are conducting a legal and public battle to recognise home schooling as a legitimate alternative in Israel.
Kabiri Nevo Keidar Blum & Co' Law Firm’s Education Department stands at the forefront of education law in Israel, and has led many legal battles in which important precedents have been laid down. In the petition filed by Adv. Ori Keidar, the state was ordered to shelter all the educational establishments in the city of Sderot and the region surrounding Gaza, the cost of which process was upwards of 600 million NIS. One of the legal battles most associated with the Kabiri-Nevo-Keidar Law Firm’s Education Department, was the fight to integrate special needs children in the regular educational system (known as the Yated Petition). This case brought about a legislative amendment and a determination that the right to equality in education is an aspect of the constitutional right to dignity.
In 2009 the Ministry of Education was ordered to allocate a budget for a structure adapted for the democratic kindergarten and school in Modi’in, following its refusal to do so for years. The judgement was the first time that the Ministry of Education was forced to budget a regional unique educational institution, including the kindergarten and high school attached to it, which were owned by a parental society. The judgement awarded in the case of Lehavim, set down principles regarding the duty of a local authority to finance school transportation from distant settlements that do not have a high school.
The firm’s Education Department was the first in Israel to promote legal precedents relating to budget allocation for educational institutions by the local authority (under the Nahari Act). Many institutions are represented by our firm in similar proceedings, as well as in negotiations with the authorities to be budgeted under the Nahari Act.
Currently, there is a petition before the High Court of Justice, regarding the Parental Payments Director General’s Circular, the decision on which is expected to have wide ranging lateral implications regarding all educational establishments in Israel, and the unique educational establishments in particular. The Kabiri-Nevo-Keidar Law Firm views its education law practice as a reflection of the firm’s values and ideology which uphold protection of individual freedom and human dignity as well as exercising the individual’s right to education and personal choice, while preserving the values of equality and justice. Aside from the firm’s diverse legal activity, the firm accompanies public and media activities to promote its clients’ interests.