Thursday, June 04, 2015
Many in Rockland have been calling for intervention since state-appointed fiscal monitor Hank Greenberg said it was needed to repair East Ramapo schools and reverse bad decisions by its Board of Education.
"The district's finances teeter on the edge of disaster," he wrote in his November 2014 report, East Ramapo: A School District in Crisis.
This week, a bill to authorize such intervention passed the state Assembly Education Committee.
"Assemblymember Ken Zebrowski and I would like to thank all the members of the Assembly Education Committee who voted in support of our legislation ( A. 5355), authorizing the State Education Department to appoint a state monitor to oversee the East Ramapo Central School District," said New York State Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffe.
With just six session days left, it is imperative that the bill move as quickly as possible through the next two committees, Ways and Means and Rules, before coming to the floor for a full vote and ensuring its passage, she said. "The children and families of East Ramapo are counting on us."
She thanked the diverse group of organizations and the faith-based community supporting the monitor plan, including the American Jewish Committee, Reform Jewish Voice of New York, the Rockland Board of Rabbis, the Rockland School Boards Association, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and the Alliance for Quality Education.
"My colleagues in the Assembly stepped up for Rockland's kids," said Assemblymember Ken Zebrowski. "This vote was a tremendous first step toward providing positive oversight and change in this district. Our bill has garnered tremendous support over the past few weeks from education, legal, religious and civil rights advocates. As we move forward, I am hopeful all sides of this issue will realize the status quo is unacceptable."
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