State Assembly Education Committee Approves State Oversight Bill for East Ramapo Schools

The State Assembly Education Committee approved a bill on Wednesday, that would install a state monitor to oversee the troubled East Ramapo School District. However the bill still has a ways to go, facing opposition from leaders. The bill was easily passed by the majority Democrat controlled committee, only being voted against by Republicans and two Democrats from New York City. The bill now goes to the Assembly Ways and Means committee before heading to the Assembly floor. With many in the Republican led senate not yet indicating how they will vote and the legislative session ending on June 17th, many are speculating if the bill will actually pass. The bill would require a state appointed monitor to oversee the district and the school board, which many support. However, Yehuda Weissmandl, the school board president for East Ramapo is lobbying for the state’s comptrollers office to have greater oversight over the finances for the district, rather than an appointed monitor. Republicans have voiced some concern, citing checks and balances, asking if the state should go in and overtake the locally elected school board. In a statement on LoHud, Republican Edward Ra of Nassau County stating that if the state can overturn any decision made by the school board, it is a lot less like checks and balances and more of a complete takeover.

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