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New York - NYS Oversight Sought For East Ramapo District

Published on: November 18, 2014 11:52 AM
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Ramapo, NY - A state-appointed fiscal monitor of the East Ramapo school district in Rockland County wants the state to oversee the school board.

Hank Greenberg said Monday that the Rockland County district’s finances “teeter on the edge of disaster.”

In a report to the Board of Regents, he made recommendations to increase state aid. He called for a monitor to override the board and superintendent, saying it was more practical than removing board members.

The board is made up mostly of Orthodox men whose children attend private religious schools. Most of the students in the public schools are black or Latino.

Its president told the Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/1wS6vlJ ) it will carefully review the recommendations.

Officials say state oversight would be the strongest intervention in a school district in more than a decade.


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 Nov 18, 2014 at 12:13 PM Realistic Says:

What would they do if the voters won't approve the budget?

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 Nov 18, 2014 at 01:06 PM Anonymous Says:

What a shanda this is for the entire country to read about us and how we act toward our neighbors. We cut math, foreign languages, college prep courses, sports, music and art for the poor kids and we gave ourselves more bussing and special ed. If a Ferguson happens here, don't blame the police. Blame our board.

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 Nov 18, 2014 at 01:13 PM Anonymous Says:

What is shocking is that you have omitted a very key part of the report.

There were all sorts of allegations that the board was stealing money and doing all sort of illegal things.

The report found that to be false. Not true. And he mentioned the specific allegations and said that there was no fraud or anything illegal.

The report also found that the issue is that state does not provide enough funding, just what the board has been saying all along.

Why was that omitted from this post?

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 Nov 18, 2014 at 01:31 PM Lakewood Educated Says:

Time for the school board to elect educated refined college educted members to the board. It would be even nicer if we can put some educators with degree's in education on the board. And yes one or two ladies would be fine too. Most hiemisha buisnesses employ women why can't they be on the school board? All monsey has is a guy who gets on Brain Lehrer and tells him we don't care about the law. The law was made to persucute people. And you guys should change the damn law. Well Monsey needs a polished guy or lady who knows who to deal with those outside our community who oppose our idealogoy in a refined manner. Because if not it will blow up in their face,

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 Nov 19, 2014 at 03:00 PM shvigger Says:

Reply to #4  
Lakewood Educated Says:

Time for the school board to elect educated refined college educted members to the board. It would be even nicer if we can put some educators with degree's in education on the board. And yes one or two ladies would be fine too. Most hiemisha buisnesses employ women why can't they be on the school board? All monsey has is a guy who gets on Brain Lehrer and tells him we don't care about the law. The law was made to persucute people. And you guys should change the damn law. Well Monsey needs a polished guy or lady who knows who to deal with those outside our community who oppose our idealogoy in a refined manner. Because if not it will blow up in their face,

You must mean refined, polished people who know how to pluralize and don't stick apostrophes into words where they aren't needed, as in "degrees".

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