“State lawmakers hope to get passage of a bill in the coming weeks that would provide an infusion of cash to the East Ramapo schools in exchange for greater state oversight of the troubled district.
The legislators who represent the Rockland County district had sought a last-minute deal as part of the state budget in March to get the district $15 million over three years and add greater state scrutiny of the district’s finances.
But the deal fell through, and now the sides are hoping to get a bill passed before the legislative session ends June 16.
“There was definitely an agreement and acceptability on both sides, so we believe this would respond to the needs of the students, as well as assure that both the public sector and the school board are on the same page,” Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, D-Suffern, said.
The lawmakers have yet to introduce the bill, but the parameters call for the state Education Department to oversee how the $5 million is spent each year. The Education Department would also have power over the district’s overall budget and work with a state panel established last year to help the district with its management.
The school board and local advocates have indicated support of the deal, as has the Education Department.”
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