“A federal judge is being asked to decide the NAACP’s challenge to how school board members are elected in the East Ramapo school district. Disagreements over funding inequities will be aired at trial
The question before U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Seibel comes down to this:
Does the current method for electing the East Ramapo Central School District’s school board members limit the participation of black and Latino voters whose children take up most of the seats in district schools?
And, if it does, should the district revert to a ward-based system of voting, which could lead to more blacks and Latinos being voted onto a board that for years has been dominated by white, Orthodox Jewish men? [Read more…]