Albany, NY - Bill Imposing Monitor On East Ramapo School District Pass NY Assembly
Albany, NY - A controversial bill calling for the appointment of a state appointed fiscal monitor in the East Ramapo School District has passed the New York State Assembly by a vote of 80 to 56.
As previously reported on VIN News, the bill was introduced by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee of Suffern in an attempt to monitor decisions made by the school board, all of whom are private school parents and have been charged with neglecting the needs of the district’s public school students.
The Assembly bill, A5355, had 23 cosponsors and an additional nine multi sponsors and also called for a five year improvement plan to be drafted for the embattled district, where yeshiva students outnumber their private school counterparts by a ratio of three to one. Supporters hope that an identical bill will pass the Senate before the current session ends on June 17th.
Opponents of the bill charged that it effectively undermined the entire democratic process by overturning the rule of a board that was fairly elected by a majority of voters in the district.
The plan also called for a five year improvement plan to be drafted for the embattled district, where yeshiva students outnumber their private school counterparts by a ratio of three to one.
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicated last week that he supports the bill.
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