Despite the recent convictions of two of the original “three men in a room” in Albany, the Governor and two new replacements didn’t think anything about once again going behind closed doors to hammer out the 2016 fiscal plan (budget) for the State of New York. On March 31, just two weeks ahead of the sentencing of Sheldon Silver and four weeks before Dean Skelos is reassigned to federal accomodations somewhere, the new three men in a room emerged from behind closed doors with their vision of where the rusty ship of state will be steered this year. [Read more…]
“Senate Majority leader, Flanagan is blocking legislation that passed the NY State Assembly, and that Governor Cuomo has said he would sign. This legislation is a compromise bill, which instead of removing the board and taking over the district would simply speed up the process of oversight by the State Education Department. Senator Flanagan thinks the history of failure to hold the East Ramapo school board accountable is proof that they don’t need more oversight. I think he is wrong, and I hope he will change his mind.
Here is a proof that more oversight is needed:
The East Ramapo school board tried to use the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) as an excuse to use public funds to pay tuition in private religious schools. The NY State Dept. of Education (NYSED) found this was a violation of federal and New York state laws and regulations. The NYSED findings were upheld by the New York State Supreme Court and the NY Court of Appeals. Since the excuse of following the IDEA was invalid, transferring taxpayer funds to private religious schools was a violation of the fiduciary responsibility of the board. [Read more…]
By Yochonon Donn on Hamodia.com
Efforts to impose a state override on an Orthodox- majority school district has anti-Semitic overtones and we’re not doing it, the leader of the New York State Senate told an Agudath Israel of America gathering.
John Flanagan, the upper chamber’s majority leader, said at the Lawrence event Thursday night that installing a veto-empowered monitor at the East Ramapo school board was both unconstitutional and unprecedented in the state. [Read more…]