6 takeaways: East Ramapo monitors’ first public forum
District parents expressed little faith in the process and demanded immediate change.
E. Ramapo chief Joel Klein resigns, effective Oct. 31
The board has named an interim superintendent who will serve through June.
The announcement drew strong applause and cheers Wednesday night from several dozen people attending a special Board of Education meeting.
A student at Ramapo High School (class of 2016) recently wrote an essay about what students in the District have had to face with the cuts to programs and classes. Below is a copy of Ms. Cola’s essay.
Charges filed against Lakewood special-ed official
State monitor claims Helen Tobia made improper school placements
LAKEWOOD The school district’s state-appointed monitor has filed tenure charges against Helen Tobia, the supervisor of pupil personnel services, for a host of allegedly “illegal and/or highly improper” acts, including overstepping her authority to place children with special needs in Orthodox yeshivas and private specialized schools at their parents’ request, according to court documents.
On Sept. 17/15, Willie Trotman, President of the Spring Valley NAACP, wrote a letter to Mr. Walcott thanking him
for their recent meeting and for Mr. Walcott’s team having accepted this important challenge in East Ramapo. The letter emphasizes the urgency of the situation and the need for the Monitors to move beyond superficial
remedies such as building repairs, and to focus on the profound leadership issues that have led the ERCSD to its current state of crisis. A copy of the letter is attached.
On September 16, the East Ramapo Monitors presented their findings and actions thus far, including the news that only 14% of students are leaving high school ready for college. Read the report below.
Shulem Deen: Chasidic Schools Ensure Ignorance And Poverty
The author’s two teenaged sons are U.S. born and raised but can’t speak, read or write English.
Mayor gets behind DOE investigation of secular education in dozens of Brooklyn chasidic schools.