East Ramapo Schools Looses Another Round in Special Education Needs Case

The East Ramapo School District has taken another hit. This time in the fight against the state over the placement of special education students within the district. The fight has been on going with the state claiming that the district settles to easily, sending students with special needs to private schools when they’re supposed to be educated in the most main stream setting possible, according to law. The school board president stated in part that there has been many on going issues with the state on how to provide the best education for these students, going on to say that tremendous progress has been made. Many Ultra- Orthodox and Hasidic parents have argued, saying they want their kids in a private school environment rather than in public schools. The district settles with these parents, saying that is costs no more to send these students to schools outside the district and would cost much more to fight these cases. In 2013 the school district settled 21 out of 27 cases, however the court said the district does not have the right to challenge the states power to enforce these laws. This comes at a time when the school district is also fighting the possibility of a state monitor overseeing the school boards decisions.

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