East Ramapo District Asking For State Formula Change

School officials in the East Ramapo School District are joining with a group of local rabbis to press state officials on aid some believe they are being unfairly denied. Officials and members of the group stated that the district should be getting 30 million dollars a year from the state, but they are not because the state doesn’t count the $22,000 private school students that make up the district. According to state officials the district doesn’t fit a formula that they set up because the property prices make it one of the wealthiest districts in New York, while seventy-eight percent of its public school students receive free or reduced lunches. Superintendent Joel Klein stated on Tuesday that the 30 million dollars could allow the schools to bring back teachers, faculty, and programs that they have been forced to cut. The group and officials are pushing senators and representatives to pass a bill that would take into account the districts in Rockland County where the number of private school students is more than the state average, and allow more state aid.

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