In 2013 some Newton residents claimed the presence of biased and factually inaccurate anti-Israeli materials being incorporated into the Newton Public Schools curriculum. Claims of regulatory noncompliance were investigated and dismissed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in September. One month later, Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) took out newspaper ads in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Newton TAB, Boston Metro, and Jewish Advocate making similar claims and alleging misconduct by school superintendent David Fleischman and school committee chair Matt Hills. The ads called on the city to remove "hateful education materials from their curricula," which APT alleged "demonize Israel and America while glorifying Islam." Hills responded to the accusations in November 2013, calling them a "pure distortion of the facts." Fleischman responded, "Parents have access to their kids’ curriculum materials, and they trust our teachers. Our work speaks for itself." The Anti-Defamation League and clergy at Newton temples Emanuel and Shalom also denounced the ads.