State Education Department Gives East Ramapo Schools Failing Grades

The State Education Department has released three reports on the East Ramapo School District. The effectiveness reports released Monday expressed the need for oversight of the school board, stating that the district has failed when it comes to ESL programs, teacher training and spending. State officials wrote the report after visiting the schools back in December, during which they criticized the many problems in the English Language Learner Program, where students are unable to graduate on time because they spend most of their time completing uncredited ELL classes. The reports issued the district some of the lowest marks in the state for overall education and financial strategies. On Monday evening hundreds of parents met at Memorial Park in Spring Valley to listen to speakers before marching to East Ramapo district offices, in an attempt to get the senate to vote on the oversight bill. Assembly members Ellen Jaffee and Kenneth Zebrowski spoke to the crowd along with Judith Johnson who announced the release of the report and brought to light the inappropriate actions of the board. The Legislature remains in session and late last night they agreed on a deal extending rent regulations for four more years and approved $250 million for non-public schools funding, though no tax credit for private school donors. No information has been released as of yet regarding the passage of the oversight bill.

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