LostMessiah, April 11, 2016
The East Ramapo Central School District has been riddled with problems, not the least of which is filtering money from the public schools to private Yeshivas, leaving all children with subpar education. By law, if a private Yeshiva receives state funding for education, the children are required to study subjects which would otherwise provide them with a “substantially similar education” as children studying in the public school system. This has not happened. And, while East Ramapo’s public school system has had a few victories in terms of producing children with notable acceptances into schools of further education, those children have gotten there by sheer force of will.
But, as the Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox parents fight to keep their children insulated from the modern world, teaching them Yiddish and depriving them of subjects like mathematics and science, history and geography; they also put their children in grave danger each and every time those children leave their homes for their schools. The same institutions that they trust, which are allowing children to be victimized by child predators within their midst, are also endangering their children by avoiding compliance with fire codes.
The schools are simply not safe. Will it take a tragedy, like the death of tens of children to prove to Yeshiva owners and administrators to become fire-safety compliant? Well…. they don’t want to listen to children who claim abuse. Perhaps it will only be the death of those same victims, by fire, that will prove that something must be done by rational minds to keep the ultra-Orthodox and secular children safe.
We believe, of all of the things going on in the news, the betrayal of children who trust a system in which they are raised, is the greatest “Chillul Hashem” posted on these pages.
Playing with Fire: Department of Education accuses inspector of false safety reports
RAMAPO – The state Department of Education is accusing a local fire inspector of giving clean safety reports to several private schools which had violations.
According to the Department of Education, Adam Peltz, from the Town of Ramapo, inspected several yeshivas last year and gave them passing grades. When state investigators visited the schools, they found them riddled with major violations.
At one school, they claimed to find dead-bolted doors, broken exits, uncovered electric panels and wires on a bathroom floor. Peltz had allegedly labeled the school safe.
Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski is calling for drastic action to protect hundreds of young lives in his district. He wants the state to take over the Building Department in Ramapo, as well as Spring Valley, where News 12’s investigation turned up dozens of code violations back in December.
“Those in charge of protecting and upholding safety aren’t doing their jobs and the state has to step in,” he said. “The time for action is now. I mean these kids are going to be in school tomorrow in these type of conditions, and every single day we risk a tragedy.”
Please click on the News 12 link to read the report and see the video.