East Ramapo School District Resignations

One official in a Rockland County school district has resigned unexpectedly, while parents and students are still calling for the resignation of another. Juan Pablo Ramirez, who was voted into the East Ramapo School Board just two months ago, announced last week that he will be stepping down as a member to focus on his family and the ministry he and his wife started, claiming there were no political reasons behind his departure. Ramirez was the only representative for the Latino community in the district; the board is run by a majority of Ultra-Orthodox men, one Haitian, and one African-American. Meanwhile, the minority community which is made up of 8,500 students who are mostly Hispanic and Latino, have been protesting for weeks, urging the resignation of school Superintendent Joel Klein. On Sunday evening more than a dozen members of the district marched to Klein’s New City home, standing outside his property with signs calling for him to resign. This is the fourth protest since the state legislature declined to pass bills that would provide oversight of the district. There have been no formal announcements made by officials regarding the Superintendent’s dismissal, though the board stated that they were sorry to see Ramirez leave his position. They will be meeting this week to choose a replacement.

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