Rockland County, NY – Chancellor Tisch To East Ramapo: Dismiss Your Superintendent As A Show Of Good Faith

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    Rockland County, NY – With the failure of the legislature to pass the controversial East Ramapo bill to appoint a fiscal monitor to oversee the district for five years,  the Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents is calling for school board superintendent Joel Klein to be forced out from his position as a show of good faith on the part of the embattled school district.

    The Wall Street Journal quotes (http://on.wsj.com/1GU61TU) Chancellor Merryl Tisch as saying, “It’s time for the board of East Ramapo to stop living in this fantasy where the world doesn’t see them as being misguided in their treatment of these public school children, and do something to show  . . . they are going to try to act to repair a very damaged relationship” with the local community.

    In response to the Chancellor’s comments, Darren Dopp, a spokesman for the school district and the superintendent said, “The problems in East Ramapo are complex, and being superintendent in the district is very difficult.” Dopp said the board had supported a compromise bill which would have provided $5 million each year to the district, and would have allowed the governor to appoint a monitor. Calling that bill “a real solution,” Dopp said, “It’s beyond disappointing that it didn’t pass.”

    Presently, the school board is run by Orthodox Jews, with some 24,000 children attending private yeshivas. Comparatively, there are 9,000 public school students in the district. Public school parents have argued that not enough money is being allocated for the public school children, with the bulk of the district’s taxpayer allocations going to cover busing and special needs services for the private schools.

    Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said his conference did not vote on either incarnation of the bill, saying he was opposed to imposing state rule over local officials and “usurping the authority of an elected board.” Flanagan also noted that past interference on the part of the state did not yield “stellar” results in the East Ramapo district.

    For his part, Governor Cuomo acknowledged that the situation is East Ramapo was “a very difficult problem,” and vowed it would be re-examined again during the next legislative session.

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    1. Meryl should step down as chancellor of NYSED because of multitude of failing schools in NYS (none of which are in East Ramapo) and because of her failure to make sure there is an equitable and fair funding formula which includes all children in schools districts.

      Her policies are discriminatory against non public school children by excluding them from the funding formula which covers mandated services to all services.

      Further, she tries to cover her myriad of failings by writing an oped full of fallacies and skewed data to shift the blame from herself and she holds off on releasing a report for months until such time that when it can be most damaging to the school board. A reporter which has findings which have already been addressed by the time the report was released.

      Talk about what sounds like illegal use of government resources. That’s just what Ms Tisch was doing.

    2. Come out and say it…who cares about the East Ramapo public school children anyway? They’re merely goyim with inferior souls, and exist only to serve Yidden. Right? I mean, can’t triumphal chareidi fundamentalists at least be honest about what they think?

      • Ok, I have no problem saying it. I don’t care about their public schools. For sure, the ones that are nearly 100% black, like in west Baltimore, never produce anything of value. Happy now?

        • ” For sure, the ones that are nearly 100% black, like in west Baltimore, never produce anything of value. Happy now?”

          My kids graduated from East Ramapo before this board took over. One attorney, one cancer scientist and one who is soon to graduate from NYU and not sure if he wants to go to grad school yet. The kids in East Ramapo today have no kindergarten, art, music, and very little science. Meanwhile, the board spends every last dime on their own agenda. Hopefully, the FBI will soon spread their investigation from St. Lawrence to the school board. THEY ARE DEFINITELY CONNECTED………

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