Associated Press 8/15/15: ER Gets Monitor Appointed

Aug 15, 2:31 PM EDT

District riven by religious favoritism claims gets monitor

SUFFERN, N.Y. (AP) — When his fifth-grade son struggled with a question on primary colors posed by the TV show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader,” David Curry saw just how bad things have gotten in the troubled East Ramapo school district.

Divided for a decade between the ultra-Orthodox Jews who control the school board – but don’t send their children to public schools – and parents who say their children are the victims of unfair budget cuts, East Ramapo has seen meetings degenerate into shouting matches and a federal lawsuit brought against the district.

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