Or Kashti is the education analyst for Haaretz Newspaper.
Native-language fluency radically different in Arab, Jewish children as early as first grade.
Plan centers on students in grades 11 and 12, and includes marathon study sessions after school hours.
Juggling social responsibility and popular opinion, costs and concerns, education and finance ministry officials try to cut class sizes.
Orders to go into effect Dec. 13, after the Hanukkah vacation, giving teachers, treasury time to negotiate a deal.