Rockland County, NY - Walcott’s Appearance At First East Ramapo School Board Meeting Attracts Large Crowd
Rockland County, NY - Parents and schoolchildren turned out in droves Tuesday night to attend the first East Ramapo school board meeting at which the newly-appointed state monitor and former New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott was present.
More than 200 people, some holding protest signs, gathered at the 90-minute meeting to hear from passionate community members who shared their concerns in both English and Spanish.
Intent on hearing from all parties, Walcott listened to the translated remarks from the Spanish speakers via a headset. Yehuda Weissmandl, the board president, and other trustees did not don headphones, prompting calls of “They don’t care,” from audience members. “There is a lot of passion coming from people who want to get a solid education for their children,” Walcott told The Journal News (http://lohud.us/1MxVGk0). “That is natural.”
For years, the East Ramapo school district has been plagued by allegations of misallocation of funding, with public school parents contending that the bulk of the district’s monies go toward private school yeshiva students and not to public school children.
Parents also contended that their children have not had art and music programs for the past two years since the district cut funding for those courses, and have continued the call for the resignation of Superintendent Joel Klein and members of the ultra-Orthodox run board.
Still, Walcott says he feels the situation is “manageable.” He is expected to visit the district on a continual basis to meet with all stakeholders before devising a plan and making recommendations for the district.
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