Thursday, November 20, 2014

East Ramapo monitor invokes Brown v Board of Ed 

Hank Greenberg's scathing report on the East Ramapo school district gave substance to the long-held belief that the mostly Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox Jewish school board favored private school students in spending decisions and that part of the problem was the board's lack of understanding and respect for the public schools and its advocates.

He then used the historic 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the idea of a separate but equal school system based on race, in a comparison to East Ramapo.

"The greatest Supreme Court decision ... helped dismantle a system of disrespect (and prove) how critical a public school education is to a child's life in America," he said.

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