The ex Ramapo Supervisor, Christopher St. Lawrence served the first portion of his 30-month sentence in Federal Prison in Waymart Pennsylvania, having been convicted of 20 counts of securities and wire fraud. His release date is scheduled for May 19, 2020. [Read more…]
“The New York State Education Department announced proposed regulations Friday for academic instruction at nonpublic schools, less than two months after its guidelines with similar goals were blocked by the State Supreme Court.
The issue focuses on enforcing state law requiring that secular studies at private schools — like math science, English and history — be “substantially equivalent” to what’s taught in public schools. Concern has been most focused on certain ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish yeshivas that advocates have reported fail to meet the law or prepare their students for employment and a solid economic future.
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia initially issued new guidelines in November that were meant to update previously issued guidelines for enforcing the law. But the court ruled in April that the Education Department failed to follow its own procedure for such specific changes. [Read more…]
Here are the Election Results for the East Ramapo and Suffern School Districts. The numbers for the budget results are unofficial, but both budgets passed. We would like to congratulate the winners and all the candidates participating.
Suffern Central School District
Budget passed 2,844 to 799.
Matt Kern and Chris Nicpon were elected to the board.
East Ramapo Central School District
Budget passed 2,922 to 1,892
Ashley Leveille, Yehuda Weissmandl, and Bernard Charles were elected to the board.
On Tuesday, May 21, please go out and vote for Eric Goodwin and Ashley Leveille for positions on the East Ramapo School Board.
Please note that you will have to write in Eric’s name in the space on the ballot marked Write In. After you have written in his name make sure that you also fill in the oval space next to the name. The marked oval is needed to count your vote. For Ashley you only have to fill in the oval. SEE BELOW:
Opinion from Gary Stern The Journal News
“It was clear that state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia was going to have a hard time producing private-school curriculum guidelines that would meet state law and satisfy the Orthodox community, especially those protective of Hasidic yeshivas.
But who could anticipate the wrath directed at Elia and her updated guidelines for enforcing that academic instruction at private schools is “substantially equivalent” to public schools? The timing of the release, just before Hanukkah, fed numerous comparisons of Elia and the state Education Department to the Syrian-Greeks, who tried (and failed) to Hellenize the Jews in the Hanukkah story. [Read more…]
Wait … What?
Yes, you read right. You have heard of The War on Poverty, The War on Terror, The War on Drugs, but … The War on Education???
Former East Ramapo school board president Wieder was once accused (by Asst. Supt. Joe Farmer) of starting a war on public education
At the last Town Board meeting, a possible schedule for finally getting the Ramapo annual audits for the last four years was divulged. Yes, the town does not have audited annual financial reports for the last four years. You have to go back to 2014 to peruse a certified accounting of the Town’s financial numbers. Why has this happened? Well, you have to start with the number 77363-054. That’s the audited prison ID for our past Supervisor, and master chef of Ramapo’s cooked books–currently serving 2 ½ years at US Federal Prison in Waymart, PA. [Read more…]
Gary Stern, Rockland/Westchester Journal News
“State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia talked tough Tuesday when releasing new guidelines for determining whether private schools, namely tradition-bound Hasidic yeshivas, comply with state law for teaching math, ELA and other secular academics. [Read more…]
When Christopher St. Lawrence began serving his sentence in federal prison in March of this year, there were still two civil lawsuits pending against him—one from the Securities and Exchange Commission and one from Melissa Reimer, the whistleblower who was instrumental in the successful Federal prosecution. Now there is only one. The Reimer lawsuit is still open, but last Thursday, the SEC concluded its case against the former Ramapo Supervisor with “an abnormally stiff penalty of $327,000. [Read more…]
The following is a letter by John H. Lang published in The Journal News Aug. 29, 2018:
“Re “Rockland: How good are the high school graduation rates?” July 5 article:
There was a time when the East Ramapo School District was academically at its very peak in Rockland County.
All that changed with continued downzoning and a rapid change in the population, as East Ramapo has come under the domination of an ultra-Orthodox community that does not use public schools and has shown no interest in ensuring fair funding. [Read more…]