Board of Regents’ Report July 13/15

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.

Board of Regents Report on ER 7-13-15

Rockland County Times July16/15: E. Ramapo Parents Hoping for Jury Trial

Hoping for a Jury Trial: Lawsuit against East Ramapo School District continues

Posted July 16th, 2015

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.

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Journal News July 6/15: Remembering East Ramapo Glory Days

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.

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New York Daily News July 8/15: Parents Challenging Co-location of Success Academy at Bronx 145

Bronx parents fighting suit that could keep new Success Academy charter school from opening

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 6:59 PM
Nineteen parents are trying to intervene in a lawsuit over a new Success Academy school in the Bronx.

Nineteen parents are trying to intervene in a lawsuit over a new Success Academy school in the Bronx.

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.

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PressConnects July 9/15: Parents Sue Harpursville School District re: Open Meetings Law

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.

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Capital New York 6-29-15: What Cuomo Left Out This Session

What Cuomo and the leaders left out

Cuomo arrives for a news conference in the Red Room. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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.

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Wall Street Journal June 26/15: Chancellor Tisch wants Klein Dismissed

Chancellor Merryl Tisch Calls for Dismissal of East Ramapo School Chief

Bill to have a monitor oversee troubled schools about 30 miles north of New York City failed to win approval in Albany

Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, D-Suffern, debates a bill for a state monitor for the East Ramapo schools in the Assembly Chamber at the Capitol on June 11. Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, D-Suffern, debates a bill for a state monitor for the East Ramapo schools in the Assembly Chamber at the Capitol on June 11. Photo: Associated Press

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.

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