The Commentator 4-7-14 Jews In Power Need to Act Responsibly

Our Education Problem

By Daniel Atwood • Published: April 7, 2014Comment (7)

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.

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Jewish Week 4-7-14- Clergy join East Ramapo Schools Fight

Orthodox social action group Uri L’Tzedek joins call for state oversight of haredi-controlled school district.

04/07/14
Amy Sara Clark
Staff Writer
 

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.

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NY Times: East Ramapo School Board Overlooks its Obligations

 

N.Y. / Region

A School Board That Overlooks Its Obligation to Students

APRIL 7, 2014

 Betty Carmand and her son Sebastian Leak, an East Ramapo student. Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. — A principal leans across the table at a pizza parlor and, with whispered intensity, totals up the damage done to the East Ramapo Central School District in recent years.

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Lohud.com: East Ramapo wants State to help its Children

 

Editorial: State must help East Ramapo kids

  Mar. 15, 2013

 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.
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
Written by| A Journal News editorial
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.