Rockland County, NY - Monitor Assigned To Oversee E. Ramapo School District Says "Action" Is State Education Board's Only Goal
Rockland County, NY - Just two and one-half weeks after stepping into the job as monitor in overseeing the East Ramapo school district, and Former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education Dennis Walcott says that the state Education Board’s only goal with regard to the controversial district is one of “action,” and that it “will not accept anything else.”
LOHUD.com (http://lohud.us/1Jyy36O) reports that in a Tuesday interview, Walcott and team-member Monica George-Fields made their first public comments since arriving on the scene, addressing several issues that are tantamount to the situation that has resulted in charges by public school parents that funding is being mishandled by East Ramapo’s predominately Orthodox-led school board.
While stopping short of using the term “forensic audit,” Walcott admitted that his team will be taking a “very deep look at the finances of the district.”
“The use of money is the key,” Walcott said.
When asked about claims that a lack of state funds is a key to East Ramapo’s problems, George-Fileds said, “There are a lot of districts strapped for cash. Lack of money and low student achievement do not always go hand in hand.”
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