Jews living in the United States in the 21st century are afforded with nearly historically unprecedented opportunities. Not only is discrimination based on anti-Semitism illegal, but Jews have risen to the highest rungs of society. Many Jews, including Orthodox Jews, feel compelled by the doctrines of Tikkun Olam, advancing society, and have thus gotten involved in the political process, at both the national and local levels. We have the golden opportunity to be the bearers of real progress and change in society, something our great-grandparents could have never dreamed of.
An Orthodox social justice group has joined the call for state intervention in the East Ramapo school district, where the haredi-controlled board is accused of siphoning taxpayer money to private yeshivas.
Now that Gov. Cuomo has set forth his educational agenda, he may have difficulty continuing to ignore the pleas of parents, teachers, community organizers and now the clergy to step in and oversee the East Ramapo School Board’s actions. See the following Journal News article.
The East Ramapo school board has decided to appeal the Dec. 30/13 decision of the State Supreme Court ruling that it had breached the law in placing students with special educational needs in private religious schools rather than public school programs.
In an appeal before the Supreme Court from an NYSIR decision, the court affirmed that the East Ramapo School Board’s actions in the District are not covered under its insurance policy. The full decision can be seen below.
A group of 90 rabbis, ministers, pastors and imams have joined together to persuade Gov. Cuomo to intervene in the East Ramapo Central School District so as to ensure that the school board is allocating the funds it should to educate the public school children.
East Ramapo school board attorney Albert D’Agostino, far right, covers a microphone while conferring with board members Yehuda Weissmandl, left, and Yonah Rothman during a July 10, 2012, reorganization meeting at district headquarters in Chestnut Ridge. / Peter Carr/The Journal News
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East Ramapo school district’s sinking fiscal situation and declining public educational offerings have spurred various calls for action. The local NAACP wants the governor to get involved. The state education commissioner wants legislation allowing the Board of Regents to intervene in school districts that are in academic or fiscal distress, or, in the case of East Ramapo, both.
January 1, 2014 In a caucus meeting of the Democrats at the County Legislature held on December 17, Aron Wieder, D-Spring Valley, was officially selected as the Legislature’s Democratic Majority Leader. A remarkable choice when you consider that Wieder served as Vice President of the East Ramapo School Board that was…