East Ramapo Bill Heads To Senate For Approval

At a press conference outside the Capitol in Albany Wednesday afternoon, Rockland Officials met to announce that the bill to install a state monitor for the East Ramapo school district will pass in the Assembly today. The next hurdle to pass the proposal is approval from the Republican-held Senate as the legislative session ends June 17. Opposition to the bill claim that the duties of the state monitor take away from the powers of the democratically elected school administrators and is not the way to address the troubled district. Of the 33,000 school-aged children, only 9,000 attend public school whereas more than 24,000 belong to private schools, mostly yeshivas. The mostly Orthodox Jewish community has a hold of the school board leading to the much contested portioning of the East Ramapo budget. Assembly members Ellen Jaffee with Kenneth Zebrowski and Senator David Carlucci were in attendance in Albany as co-sponsors of the bill pushing for Senate approval before sessions end.

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