Re: East Ramapo Election and Budget Results
Despite efforts by public school advocates, the ER budget did not pass 9,986 voting “no” and 1,441 voting “yes”, and public school candidates did not win any board seats, about 10%, increase in public school, non-public school voters increased theirs by almost 20%. Budget rejection=no transportation days for non-publics schools when public schools are closed and no override of state budget cap of 2%.
Non-public school voters may have been motivated, in part, by fear that East Ramapo might streamline non-public school busing like Ramapo Central did.
Focus will be to see a new budget, and not a contingency budget, in June that focuses on public school needs, not about taking away things from the non-public schools but rather prioritizing the needs of children who are still suffering from years of critical cuts.