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.