Fiscal Monitor Put in Place in East Ramapo School District

Governor Andrew Cuomo has assigned the East Ramapo School District a fiscal monitor to focus on solving the problems surrounding the public schools. According to State Education Commissioner John King, Hank Greenburg, an attorney from Albany, who worked as counsel with the governor during his time as Attorney General will be tasked with monitoring the fiscal crisis by looking through financial reports and books in order to make recommendations to the district. Reverend Weldon McWilliams a member of the Rockland Clergy, a group of religious leaders and local activists who has been traveling to Albany since April to speak with state leaders to gather support for the district and the students, stated that this is hopefully the first step toward an understanding between the East Ramapo Board of Education and community members. The school board and officials have stated that the extra monitoring will not solve the problem, according to many the state needs to change their aid formula to take into account the numerous private school students, which make up 22,000 out of the 31,000 kids in the district. The state added eleven percent to the aid East Ramapo received this year, though programs such as sports and the arts have remained cut.

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