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  • Reply to: Crunching The Numbers In East Ramapo Schools Row   9 hours 26 min ago

    Okay "Pearl," what would you have done differently if you had won your election bid? Do you think you could have somehow convinced the private school community to vote for multiple 25% tax increases? You haven't exactly built up a well of goodwill with the Saturday walking crowd. Or would you have tried to balance the budget by cutting bussing, textbooks, and special ed services to private schools? It wouldn't have worked - everyone knows the main expenses are pensions and union contract salary increases. Besides, textbooks, bussing and special ed services for private schools are all mandated. Cutting them would have landed ERCSD in just as much trouble with State Ed, and in just as many lawsuits, as it finds itself now - if not more. Or maybe you would have filed your own lawsuit against the State?

    For what its worth, I don't expect any substantive response. You don't have one. You aren't really interested in school funding policy or the special ed laws. At least, not anymore. All you care about at this point is perpetuating your petty turf war with the Orthodox. ERCSD will only be better off when a new generation finally takes over on both sides; one which is not blinded like you by decades of hurt feelings and anger (however justified they may be).

  • Reply to: Crunching The Numbers In East Ramapo Schools Row   9 hours 40 min ago

    No....they spent down the reserves to a negative 3 million dollars. They were bankrupt. Other districts saved their reserves. This was derelict behavior if the BOE. They were warned and they ignored that warning.

  • Reply to: Crunching The Numbers In East Ramapo Schools Row   9 hours 42 min ago

    The budgets were defeated because the bloc was told to GOTV vote no on the budgets and elect bloc candidates. Then, once the seats were won, the same or virtually same budget was passed. The Rebbes were pulling the strings of their flocks. Didn't they question why they were told to vote yes the second time around. Nothing more than political manipulation.

  • Reply to: This American Life Takes On East Ramapo School Kerfuffle   11 hours 41 min ago

    Really interesting piece. I would love to see how the funding per student has changed over the years in the county. I would bet it has increased a little, yet the money is being funneled to unions, pensions, etc...

    I was happy to hear at the end of the podcast that the private schools were being audited and the state was getting involved. At the end of the day, that was the only negotiating power that the public school people had. If I were them, I would have gone to a meeting and simply said "it's pretty obvious you don't care about our kids... so as a result we are going to make sure that New York state comes in and makes sure that you are operating your private school via their standards - all your special ed students will attend our underfunded schools and the state is going to make sure that all of the funding you are receiving was legally obtained - thank you for your time"

  • Reply to: Crunching The Numbers In East Ramapo Schools Row   12 hours 19 min ago

    Here we go again! First, there was an 18 million dollar reserve fund in ER back in 2009. Despite warnings from trustee Price, the board used all of the reserves BEFORE the tax cap was imposed. Second, the board approved union contracts that would have increased the budget by over 4%, yet they put forth a .25% increase. Of course, that began the path of financial ruin & destruction of the educational program. It wasn't a secret that the tax cap was coming, but the board just kept spending down the reserves to keep taxes lower. See, no other responsible board that cared about public education acted so recklessly and they saved for the 'rainy day' that the tax cap would bring. No other school district laid off over 450 employees, let the buildings fall into disrepair, because they had a plan. The plan in ERCSD was to destroy the public schools and the property values along with it.

    The Tablet just got it all wrong and admitted that she went into the story believing that the school board was not at fault. She has zero credibility. She also giggles a lot during her interview, kinda weird reaction. The school board and Klein are 100% to blame. Two BOE members resigned because they were not given access to financial info and they were being harassed. There has not been an accurate Treasurers Report in years. Pretty sure that is illegal.

    The board is sworn in to uphold the laws of NYS. Instead, they break those laws and bring suit against the state for many millions of dollars to change the special Ed laws. However, that is not their role or responsibility. If the Yeshiva parents want the NYS laws changed, they should be bringing the suit, not the district!

    Sorry Jewish Week, but your story is got the facts all wrong....just like your friends at Tablet. This American Life puts forward the honest, truthful story. They have an impeccable reputation and people believe their story. No lie lasts forever....the truth was finally told to a nationwide audience and the guilty are exposed.