Rockland County, NY - Jewish Institutions Gather To Show Support For East Ramapo Monitor Bill
Rockland County, NY - Several organizations, including The Reform Jewish Voice of New York, Uri L’Tzedek, Rockland Clergy for Social Justice, and the American Jewish Committee, gathered at a news conference held today at Manhattan’s West Side Jewish Center to declare their support for legislation which would appoint a fiscal monitor to oversee the East Ramapo school district, Lohud.com reports (http://lohud.us/1HOhbar).
Marc Stern, general counsel for the American Jewish Committee, said he supports the legislation because “in this case, the Democratic institution is broken and needs to be fixed.”
As previously reported on VIN News (http://www.vosizneias.com/205177), the bill passed the Assembly Education Committee earlier this week and has the support of Governor Cuomo.
But Board President Yehuda Weissmandl has said a monitor will only inject additional hostility in the East Ramapo district, where 9,000 Hispanic and black students attend public schools and approximately 24,000 students attend yeshivas. Weissmandl has maintained that the district’s issue is not about a need for oversight, but funding.
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