This is a response, posted in The Journal News, to Joseph Petlin’s complaint about lawsuits directed at the East Ramapo School Board. Petlin is the Superintendent of Schools in Kiryas Joel.
East Ramapo did not have any problem with legal fees before the school board was taken over by people who favor the interests of the nonpublic schools. One of the first things they did was to get rid of the district’s a longstanding lawyer, Stephen Fromson, and replace him with a law firm charging over twice as much. This law firm worked with the rogue school board to spend public dollars on tuition in private schools. This resulted in citations by the state education department and loss of state funding. [Read more…]