Journal News 10/7/15: Spring Valley NAACP President Discusses East Ramapo Tyranny of the Majority

View: ‘Tyranny of the majority’ in East Ramapo

Spring Valley NAACP president says East Ramapo board’s lack of understanding, and interest in, public education does irreparable harm to students.

Journal News 10/1/15: Takeaways from East Ramapo Monitors’ First Report

6 takeaways: East Ramapo monitors’ first public forum

District parents expressed little faith in the process and demanded immediate change.

Journal News 10/8/15: East Ramapo School Board Announces Klein’s Resignation

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.

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Ashbury Park Press 9/23/15: State Monitor Files Charges vs. Special Ed Official in Lakewood

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.

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Dropout Nation 9/23/15: E. Ramapo Still Waiting for Randi Weingarten of the AFT to Respond

Willie Trotman, Spring Valley NAACP, Writes Letter of Thanks to Walcott 9/17/15

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.

NAACP Trotman ltr to Walcott 9-17-15

The Jewish Week 9/17/15: Shulem Deen on How Yeshivas Fail Their Children

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.

 Thu, 09/17/2015
Shulem Deen
Shulem Deen

My two sons, ages 13 and 15, were both born and raised within the U.S. Neither of them can speak, read or write English.

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The Jewish Week 7/28/15: Mayor Backs DOE Investigation of Yeshivas

De Blasio: ‘Zero Tolerance’ For Subpar Math, English In Yeshivas 

Mayor gets behind DOE investigation of secular education in dozens of Brooklyn chasidic schools.

 07/28/15 Amy Sara Clark Deputy Managing Editor
A billboard Yaffed put up in Williamsburg earlier this year. Courtesy of Yaffed
A billboard Yaffed put up in Williamsburg earlier this year. Courtesy of Yaffed
City officials have confirmed they will investigate a complaint alleging that dozens of Brooklyn yeshivas are violating state law by giving their students a subpar education in English, math and other secular subjects.

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