East Ramapo School District Protests

East Ramapo residents and school district members have been expressing concern and anger towards remarks made by School Superintendent Joel Klein last month, referring to the children of immigrants. In a video released of a September meeting Klein claims that certain students know that they will not be obtaining a degree and are attending school simply to learn the language and take advantage of lunches and programs. The residents responded to the statements by attending meetings and protests, some asking for Klein’s resignation. Klein stated that his remarks on the diploma program designed to help students who won’t be graduating were “taken out of context”, and the district also recently hired a lobby firm, Patricia Lynch and Darren Dopp, to assist in public relations. On October 8 hundreds of parents and students held a third protest, with growing numbers. Another is set to be held before the October 21 school board meeting at 7:00 PM.

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