East Ramapo Central School District

Let’s Be Honest: The East Ramapo `Monitor Bill’ Is A Sham

06/10/2015 - 20:00

There is a proposed bill in the legislature that, if passed, will remove the authority of the elected Board of Education of the East Ramapo Central School District, and appoint an outside “monitor” to control the District.  Some of the bill’s supporters have said that this extreme, unprecedented measure is justified because the elected Board has denied public school students a sound basic education, has “grossly mismanaged funds,” has unlawfully “diverted” funds from public schools to private schools, and because the District is on the “brink” of fiscal disaster.

East Ramapo School Board Fires Back Following Scathing Report

Board president Yehudah Weissmandl says there's 'another side to the story.'

12/03/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Following a report recommending state oversight for the embattled East Ramapo Central School  District, the board president fires back, arguing that the report made unfair characterizations and omitted relevant information.

East Ramapo's school board disputed how it was "characterized" in the state report but agreed to oversight. Michael Datikash/JW

Answer To East Ramapo School Oversight In Lakewood?

Black-hat enclave’s fiscal monitor system to be model for embattled district; school board responds; and anger from Lawrence.

12/02/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

As state lawmakers craft a bill to address years of simmering tensions that have plagued the East Ramapo school district, the answer might well be found about 100 miles down the Garden State Parkway. There, in the growing black-hat enclave of Lakewood, the Orthodox-controlled school board was eventually forced, by the presence of a state monitor, to relinquish some of its power over the area’s public schools.

Parents protest at an East Ramapo school board meeting on Dec. 9, three weeks after a state report came out. Michael Datikash/JW

East Ramapo School Board 'Blinded' To Students' Needs, State Monitor Says

Report calls for state veto power over decisions made by Orthodox-majority school board.

11/17/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The school board in Rockland County’s East Ramapo School District showed favoritism to students from the Orthodox community who attend private schools in the district, a state-appointed monitor reported Monday.

From left, Steve White, Carole Anderson and Antonio Luciano have been pushing for state oversight for years. Michael Datikash/JW

Results Signal Anger At — And Among — Orthodox Jews

Rare ballot initiative seeks to curb political influence of Rockland's growing charedi community.

09/29/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Update, Sept. 30, 11:25 p.m.: According to The Journal News, amid claims of voter confusion and fraud, a judge has ordered the Rockland County Board of Elections to impound all referendum vote ballots. No official results will be released before Oct. 10. 

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A page from a mailing from a group calling itself “Vadd [sic] Lihatzulas Monsey” (Committee to Save Monsey) urging a yes vote.

Chasidic Pol Concedes After Absentee Ballot Count

Aron Wieder, first ultra-Orthodox Jew to run for a state legislature, loses by razor-thin margin.

09/17/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Aron Wieder, believed to be the first chasidic candidate in the U.S. to run for a state legislature, conceded yesterday night in an assembly race so close that it came down to the absentee ballots.

The 40-year-old Spring Valley resident lost by 61 votes, The Journal News reported, less than 2 percent, in a three-way race for the Democratic nomination for a rare open seat in the New York State Assembly’s 98th District.

State Sen. David Carlucci, Aron Wieder and E. Ramapo soccer players at the Haitian Unity Parade in May. Courtesy of Aron Wieder

'This American Life' Vs. Tablet On East Ramapo Schools Row

Is a chasidic board gutting the public schools? How two investigations came to different conclusions.

09/16/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The conflict-ridden East Ramapo school board has had plenty of news coverage since chasidic Jews gained a majority and began slashing the budget. Public school parents accuse the board of gutting the district of property, personnel and programs in order to keep taxes low. The board, whose members send their children to private yeshivas, counters that reductions are due to cuts in state funding and that any board — chasidic or not — would be doing the same.

School activists and a board member face off during a meeting in East Ramapo. Courtesy of Adrianne Mathiowetz/This American Life

This American Life Takes On East Ramapo School Kerfuffle

Iconic public radio show dives into debate over chasidic-run public school district.

09/10/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

This American Life, the popular radio show known for its quirky, in-depth programs, will air an hour-long program on the conflict-ridden East Ramapo Central Schools District this weekend.

This American Life delves into the East Ramapo schools controversy Saturday. Courtesy of This American Life

East Ramapo Schools Under State Supervision

Chasidic school board president calls appointment of fiscal monitor 'hateful bigotry'; activists hope for transparency.

06/17/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Tensions in a Rockland County public school district ratcheted up another notch last week after the state appointed a fiscal monitor to oversee a school board composed primarily of Orthodox Jews that manages a public school system where nearly all the students are black or Latino. 

From left, East Ramapo school activists Steve White, Carole Anderson and Antonio Luciano. Michael Datikash/JW

N.Y. State Appoints Monitor For Majority Orthodox School District

06/11/2014 - 20:00

The New York State Education Department is appointing a fiscal monitor to oversee a troubled school district run by a majority haredi Orthodox Jewish school board.

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