The Board of Regents released a report on East Ramapo schools recommending, among other things, that the governance of the district be reformed and that the amount of money awarded to the district be increased to restore cut programs and staff.
Hoping for a Jury Trial: Lawsuit against East Ramapo School District continues
A multitude of allegations against the East Ramapo Central School District are detailed in a lawsuit — Montesa v. Schwartz, 12-cv-06057, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan) — filed on behalf of parents, students and taxpayers by public interest law firm Advocates for Justice on August 8, 2012.
Grievances alleged against the district’s school board include selling school property at below market prices for private school use, special education funding and buying religious textbooks, all of which plaintiff’s contend demonstrate a religious bias by the board’s majority Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish members.
View: Remembering East Ramapo’s glory days
The East Ramapo school district once led Rockland, now cuts have damaged education quality
Democracy in action, some would say. Majority vote, they would remind us. What a fairy tale. What a farce. You don’t have to be a Rhodes Scholar to know how the majority breaks down — Hasidic and Orthodox community. Clearly a majority putting their own on the East Ramapo public school board.
Nineteen Bronx parents whose children were set to attend a growing Success Academy charter school are trying to intervene in a lawsuit that could prevent the school from opening as planned in August.
The class action suit against the charter school — filed by labor attorney Arthur Schwartz on behalf of another group of parents — says the charter at P.S. 145 would take needed resources from other schools and disabled students.
Parents sue Harpursville school district
A group of parents have filed a class action lawsuit against the Harpursville Central School District Board of Education, claiming the board repeatedly violated the state’s open meetings law, mismanaged school district funds and improperly made decisions about school district personnel.
ALBANY—At the Capitol, it’s called a “kumbaya”—a press conference featuring legislative leaders and Governor Andrew Cuomo. Smiles are usually required, as are expressions of optimism and superlative praise.
At the most recent kumbaya, last week, Cuomo said he was “personally very happy and very proud” with what had been accomplished at the end of the 2015 legislative session. He listed more tenant-friendly rent regulations, a new standard of affirmative consent for sexual encounters on private college campuses and new rules to protect workers at nail salons, a response to articles in the New York Times the governor spun as the first step in addressing a “national problem” of exploiting immigrant workers.
The governor, with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan by his side, declared success and dubbed the law-making “robust and extensive.”
But there were many other priorities, left unmentioned by the leaders, that weren’t acted on. And those unaddressed items say as much about the leaders’ abilities and approach as anything else.
In the wake of the NYS Senate failing to take the East Ramapo oversight bill to the floor for a vote prior to the end of the June session, the head of East Ramapo Strong had an empowering thank you message for members and supporters.
Read it below..
After a bill to have a monitor oversee troubled East Ramapo schools failed to win approval in Albany, Chancellor Merryl Tisch on Thursday said the school board should dismiss its superintendent to show it aimed to fix the damaged district.
The lack of consensus on a monitor by the last day of the legislative session meant lawmakers didn’t provide an immediate path forward for the conflict-ridden district about 30 miles north of New York City.