NY Times 10-29-14: Dept of Education Statement on Equality

Journal News 10/23/14: E. Ramapo Compliance with Education Laws re New Immigrants

East Ramapo: Compliance on immigrant rights questioned

The former federal prosecutor who is monitoring East Ramapo schools questioned the district’s “understanding of and compliance with” the law governing immigrant students’ educational rights in a letter to the superintendent last month.

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Journal News 10/9/14: Ramapo Appeal Shocks Voters

Editorial: Ramapo’s appeal shakes voter faith

Ramapo’s Town Board should stop its appeal of a state Supreme Court judge’s do-over order.

The Ramapo Town Board had the opportunity to help clean up an election mess left by the town clerk’s mistakes, save the town money and finally instill some faith in the democratic process. Instead, by a 5-0 vote, the Town Board added insult to injury and blocked any hope that a quick resolution,

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Journal News 9/27/14: School Board Hires Lobby Firm for PR

East Ramapo hires Albany lobbying firm for PR

The East Ramapo school district is on track to spend at least $49,000 this year on an influential lobbying firm and longtime Albany insider tasked with bolstering the troubled school board’s image and leading its campaign to convince the state to increase its education aid.

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Journal News 10/1/14: Judge Orders Ramapo Votes Impounded

Judge orders Ramapo referendum votes impounded

As Ramapo residents flocked to the polls to vote on election districts and adding two council seats Tuesday, there was some confusion on who could vote. At some polling places, Ramapo poll watchers were not aware that all residents could vote.

After 16 chaotic hours marked by confusion and allegations of fraud, polls for the referendums that could change the size and makeup of the Town Board closed Tuesday night but the outcome won’t be available until at least Oct. 10.             Read more…

Journal News 9/23/14: Students Interviewed by Fiscal Monitor

East Ramapo contingent takes concerns over cuts to fiscal monitor


The longest writing assignment Olivia Castor had during her senior year at Spring Valley High School was two pages.

In 2013, she arrived at Harvard University and was assigned a whopping 22-page paper.

Castor, who has a dual concentration in social studies and African and African-American Studies, says the term paper is one example of how ill-prepared she was for the rigors of college life —

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