Comments by Dennis Walcott, who leads the monitor team assigned to the East Ramapo school district, drew criticism from the NAACP and engendered suspicions about the monitor’s motives. About two weeks ago reports were made public that the U.S. Department of Education determined that claims of racial discrimination in the East Ramapo School District were founded. “Then in a Nov. 3 interview on WCNY’s “The Capitol Pressroom,” a daily politics and public affairs radio show broadcast in Albany, Walcott was asked by host Susan Arbetter about a determination by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights that found a disproportionate number of out-of-district placements for special-education students went to white children.” His response was shocking: “Well, it’s a very complex ruling,” he said. “And I didn’t really see any formal indication that the district discriminated against. What the Office of Civil Rights indicated is that they would follow up on the district’s compliance letter that was issued in September.” This is very unsettling especially for those anticipating a substantive report from the monitors in December. Read the complete story here.
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