East Ramapo and Elia- Public Meeting to Determine Fate of $3M

A School District Whose Children Have Been Raped of an Education and $3M in State Aid

It does not matter in East Ramapo whether you are Orthodox, ultra-Orthodox, secular, Hispanic, Black, White, or Green because all of East Ramapo’s children have been deprived of an education.

In the public schools in East Ramapo despite the best efforts of teachers, parents and activists the resources have been scarce and the schools in disrepair, leaving the public school children to study without proper textbooks,  in classrooms known to leak during rainstorms. The schools of that district barely offer core classes. There are few art classes, if any and music is a luxury.

The public schools in East Ramapo, once the best in the State, lack the resources necessary to provide an education consistent with New York State mandates. Funding is grossly inadequate and the Board of Education, comprised in disproportionate part of ultra-Orthodox men blames the State.

There is no acknowledgement on the part of the Trustees of the East Ramapo Board of Education and their spokespeople that money has been siphoned off for years for the ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox religious education. The premise has been that there are more private school, Yeshiva educated children and more resources should be provided for their edcuation. Separation of Church and State be damned.

In contrast the private Yeshivas, funded with public taxpayer money, have the resources but the children are deprived an education by an establishment which actively chains them to functional illiteracy, mathematical ignorance and a non-science based religious education… in Yiddish. Separation of Church and State, an unknown concept.


Presently there is a public meeting at Rockland Community College, located in East Ramapo intended to explain how $3M in New York State aid will be allocated. Perhaps Church and State can walk on separate sides of the road….

Lohud reported on September 27, 2016

Full-day kindergarten and other programs will start Oct. 6

The state education commissioner has approved the East Ramapo school district’s plan for using $3 million in state aid to create universal full-day kindergarten and restore arts programs in grades K-6, among other initiatives.

Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Monday that she had given her blessing to the plan, and also said she would join state-appointed monitors Charles Szuberla and John Sipple at a public meeting to discuss the initiatives at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Rockland Community College’s Cultural Arts Center, 145 College Road, Ramapo.

Full-day kindergarten and other programs will start Oct. 6, according to a district spokesperson.

The district conducted its own public hearing to receive community input on the expenditure plan on Sept. 7. The school board approved the plan on Sept. 13 and it was submitted to Elia on Sept. 20.


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“These plans represent the district’s path forward to ensure progress continues and to ensure the educational rights of every East Ramapo student are met,” Commissioner Elia said in a statement. “Chuck Szuberla, John Sipple and Superintendent Wortham have worked as quickly as possible to put a long-term strategic academic and fiscal improvement plan in place that is both thorough and thoughtful. It continues the work already done to repair the trust of the East Ramapo community, while recognizing there is still work to do.”

The $3 million in supplemental funding was approved under a state oversight law that required the development of the strategic academic plan, as well as a comprehensive expenditure plan, in consultation with Szuberla.

In 2012, East Ramapo went from full-day to half-day kindergarten amid $14 million worth of budget cuts. Last year, two sections were added. Four new full-day kindergarten classes were included in the district’s $224 million budget approved by voters in May.

Here’s what’s being proposed for the $3 million:

  • $1.2 million to hire six monolingual kindergarten teachers and four bilingual kindergarten teachers.
  • Up to 11 sections of full-day kindergarten would be created, depending upon the number of children who enroll.
  • The bulk of kindergarten funding, $670,000, would go towards salaries, while the remainder would cover classroom materials, instructional technology and building adjustments to accommodate new classes.
  • Restoring art, music, dance and theater classes for students in grades K-6 will cost around $1.7 million.
  • The district aims to hire 12 teachers for arts instruction, the majority of whom were previously laid off and are on the preferred eligibility list (PELL).

The strategic plans can be found on the East Ramapo Central School District website.

To read the article in its entirety click here.


Clarkstown Wants a Get…


Clarkstown What They Don’t Want you to Know – Facebook



Dear Ramapo:

We need to talk.

We’ve been together a long time now. We started out together with so much in common and love in our hearts towards one another. However, there can be no denying that lately we’ve been drifting apart in our political marriage. It pains us to say it, but we have come to realize that we are now roadblocks to each other on our individual paths to happiness and we want a divorce, or as you would put it, we would like to get a ‘get.’

Please don’t blame yourself for any of this. It’s not you, it’s us. Our breaking point came when we were watching TV last night and we learned that your brothers in Kiryas Joel want to get a ‘get’ from their secular partners in the Town of Monroe so they can live alone in their new Town of North Monroe where secularism can be kept out and your God can be kept in. That told us that you don’t love us anymore. So here in Rockland we have decided to get a similar ‘get’ from you and as the residents of Clarkstown and Orangetown we will think of living separately in a new City called ‘South Rockland’ where both God and secularism will be welcome.

You have worked tirelessly all the time we have been together to create a very unique world for yourself where laws and rules fluidly bend or silently break to accommodate the lifestyle you want to lead. You are thriving in that world, and we admire your resourcefulness and creativity in removing the obstacles that stand in the way of your progress. We see how happy you are when you are in that environment, but we have also come to understand that we no longer fit in there. We no longer share the same visions and goals, which regrettably means that we are incompatible as long term partners. Please don’t be upset, just give us the ‘get.’

We see how miserable we make you with our constant nagging to provide a standardized NYS education to kids in a building that meets basic fire safety standards. We don’t know why we fear that kids now growing up won’t be able to support themselves when we know that ultimately government welfare will provide for them anyway. We don’t know why we can’t stop worrying that children might die at school while desperately trying to escape from behind sealed doors in a fire when we know how statistically unlikely that is to happen.

We don’t know why we lie awake at night fretting over the environmental impact of rampant overdevelopment when we know full well that we will be long gone before that impact is felt. We don’t know why we worry about a sustainable water supply, or the civil rights of others, but we do. We can’t help it, but we recognize our constant nagging is making you unhappy, and in the process we have become unhappy ourselves.

For these reasons, we ask that you give us a ‘get’.

Don’t worry that we will ask for any of your assets in this divorce. You can have Christopher St. Lawrence, Samuel Tress, Alden Wolfe and the rest of them and we will even let you keep Aney Paul. We promise that we won’t say a thing if Aron Wieder replaces Ed Day as your County Executive – after all you already elected him as your ‘de facto’ county executive.

We know how hard you worked to get all those multi-family housing developments built and we know how much political capital was spent in getting them approved. You will now need to hire a new building inspector as your present one was arrested last night while watching the video below. We don’t want to take any of that away from you if you agree to grant us the ‘get’. You earned the poverty you are living in and we want you to keep that as a token of our appreciation for giving us our ‘get’. The same goes for the Medicaid benefits and the Section 8 status – they are all yours. We will pay for the Medicaid costs in our own new community and will not burden you in asking for any assistance from your legislature.

We hope you will not worry about our ability to live alone separated from your formerly warm embrace. We did share many, many happy years together before we grew apart and became exhausted by your interminable hang-up about being fruitful and multiplying. We will be in a happier place where we can abide by all of our own hangups – we admit that we have many – such as getting our children into a good college and keeping them off the welfare rolls. We know it might seem crazy, but we actually believe that kids should learn about science, literature and other cultures including those of the goyim. We will sleep better at night knowing that code enforcement is being conducted and zoning regulations are being upheld. Certainly, you will be happier not having to listen to us lecture you about these things any longer.

We promise that if we get a ‘get’ from you and we fail without your puritanical wisdom to guide us, we will pick ourselves up and push onward and not return begging for food or shelter. If you fail without us, you know that with the steady guidance of Aron Wieder and Alden Wolfe, New York State will surely step in to support you even after you have converted all of your homes into religious institutions and depleted your own tax base.

We can both trust in that whatever the future holds, things will work out fine.

So now we say “Goodbye, Ramapo. Weep not for the memories.”

With Warmest Regards,

The People of Clarkstown and Orangetown

East Ramapo – More Money, No Veto Power




In our view this is a sad day for Rockland County’s East Ramapo Central School District. It is a tragedy for the 8000 public school students who will be losing to the ultra-Orthodox run school board. As we see it East Ramapo is lost for public school children. The money will do nothing but fund bus transportation to the ultra-Orthodox children attending yeshivas. We cannot find fault with the ultra-Orthodox alone.

After all, the last ten years have been about voter apathy and the public school parents were in large part indifferent to the need to vote. There was an opportunity to vote in a more balanced school board this past year and it did not pass. Hopefully Elia will pay attention to what is happening and not assume that this is the end of the story.


Mary Ellen Elia     Untitled


East Ramapo Breakthrough: Monitor Without Veto Power

NEW YORK – A deal that would end years of tension in the East Ramapo school district is set to pass the state legislature on Thursday, denying the veto-empowered overseer some legislators sought.

Under the breakthrough legislation, which was agreed upon by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic-led Assembly and the Republican Senate, the district will receive an additional $3 million next year. This money is earmarked solely for the district’s dwindling public school population and will be overseen by state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

The $3 million, which will be funded jointly by each chamber and the governor, is a minute portion of the board’s overall approximately $225 million annual school budget. But the board that serves the district which comprises the Torah centers of Monsey, Spring Valley and New Square, has come under increased scrutiny as they were forced to use their limited school funds to cover required services to private schools, such as busing, special education and textbooks.

Elia, who has cooperated with the Orthodox community in crafting the compromise bill, was seen as an acceptable alternative to the appointment of a monitor with veto power, as local lawmakers and anti-Orthodox Rockland County groups preferred. She will have authority to offer recommendations on the $3 million, not the entire school budget. And the school board, whose majority of Orthodox Jews represents the district’s make-up, can override her.

Yehuda Weissmandl, president of the school board, told Hamodia that he was “very happy” with the deal reached in Albany.

“The state is acknowledging that this is not a monitor issue but a funding issue,” Weissmandl said. “Hopefully we can build on it. But nonetheless this is the beginning of a recognition by the state that this district needs more money.”

Weissmandl said that the intention of lawmakers was to add to it in coming years, eventually reaching $5 million to $6 million a year.

The deal was agreed to Monday night and will be voted on by the Senate and Assembly on Thursday. The legislature is then scheduled to adjourn for the year, unless the governor calls for them to remain an additional day.

The East Ramapo saga began ten years ago, when the Orthodox community for the first time elected the majority of the nine-member school board. While the state uses property taxes to fund the public school system, the education budget also goes toward certain services for private schools. A burgeoning Jewish population has since caused funding for those private school services, which are mandated by the state, to skyrocket.

Currently, there are approximately 23,600 private school students in East Ramapo, compared to a public school population of fewer than 8,000 students. To pay for the state mandated services to private schools, the board was forced to reduce some nonessential services to public schools, such as art and dance classes, kindergarten, and physical education.


While ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox Members of the Rockland County Legislature are Voting Against An ERCSD Monitor, Schools are Failing…….



LostMessiah, March 15, 2016

Over the past few days, LostMessiah published a series of article about Senate Education Chair Carl Marcellino and State Majority Leader John Flanagan speaking out against a New York State Monitor for East Ramapo. What type of padding is lining their pockets remains to be seen….

Yehuda Weissmandl, president of the troubled East Ramapo Central School District Board of Education, will be the first to condemn the appointment of a State Monitor, with or without veto power. He is backed by his other ultra-Orthodox board members, Legislator Aron Wieder one of the bloc-supported Legislators, and he has several politicians, including but likely not limited to the above Marcellino and Flanagan apparently on puppet strings. But, as they jockey for power over the ERCSD Board of Education, the only ones suffering are the children.

In an article posted in Lohud, dated February 26, 2016, entitled, “All school districts in Rockland were found by the state Education Department to be in overall good standing except East Ramapo,” Lohud outlined the failure of the Board of Education of East Ramapo school district as follows:

Eight public school in East Ramapo have been identified as troubled, up from five last year, according to a report issued Friday by the state Department of Education.

The status report generated by the state’s Office of Accountability looked at schools statewide and assigned a status, with priority being the worst, followed by “focus” and “local assistance plan.” The best designation is good standing. The grades are given on the basis of students’ performances on state tests as well as graduation rates.

All districts in Rockland were found to be in overall good standing except East Ramapo, which was given a focus designation for the second consecutive year.

Chestnut Ridge Middle School was given the lowest designation — priority. It received the highest designation the year before.

Other East Ramapo schools identified by the state as in need of more accountability include Ramapo High School, which was in good standing last year, and Spring Valley High School, which is a focus school for a second year.

Other schools on the list identified as needing improvement  include four elementary schools: Grandview, Margetts, Elmwood and Eldorado and Pomona Middle School.

Lime Kiln Elementary, which was identified last year as a school that failed to make progress, received the highest designation this year. Other East Ramapo schools in good standing this year include Fleetwood, Hempstead, Kakiat and Summit Park elementary schools and the East Ramapo Early Childhood Center.

An East Ramapo district spokesman said the report shows “where the district needs to work harder.”

For full text of the Lohud article click, here.

Board President Weissmandl and his Senate pals would have the public believe that the Board of Education in East Ramapo appropriately manages funds, works together to benefit the students, is making improvements. That’s crap…The fact that there were 5 schools cited last year and 8 this year, speaks volumes. A New York State Monitor, with Veto Power is necessary. It is in the best interests of the children, all of the children of East Ramapo. For bloc-supported Senators to vote against a monitor, is to quite simply declare a wholesale war on children, their education and their future.

A Convenient Deception, Politicians Willing to Sell their Souls…

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Senator Marcellino….. How Much of Your Support is Garnered by the Bloc? Are you Trading the Life of a Child in Exchange for Each Vote You Get? Sure Does Feel That Way…

from Religion and Government, by Frederick Neitzsche
As long as the State, or rather the government, regards itself as the guardian of the minor masses, and in their behalf considers the question whether religion shall be maintained or abolished, it will most probably always decide in favor of the maintenance of religion. For religion satisfies the individual nature in times of loss, privation, terror, distrust,—…. When the necessary or accidental shortcomings of government, or the dangerous results of dynastic interests, become apparent to the intelligent, and fill them with the sentiment of hostility, the unintelligent will fancy they see the fingers of God, and patiently submit to the commands from above (in which conception divine and human government usually blend), thus preserving internal peace and the continuity of development. The force which lies in the unity of popular feeling, in the same general opinions and aims of the people, is under the protection and sanction of religion, except in those rare cases when the priesthood cannot come to an agreement with the political power concerning the price, and bids it defiance. …Without the assistance of the priests no power can become legitimate even now, as Napoleon understood. (Translated from Nietzsche’s “Meschliches, Allsumenschliches,” by George Schumm)


In East Ramapo the children are suffering. The public school children are being deprived of basic necessities like pencils, erasers, books, enough classes to graduate. They are sitting under roofs, barely keeping them dry in buildings not keeping them warm during the winter. They come from a district once hailed as one of the best in the State, and are graduating high school grossly unprepared for college. A disproportionate number of public school children are of Hispanic and Black descent, from families whose parents want to give their children better than what they had, hopes and aspirations for their offspring’s futures.

The Yeshiva are taught in schools where secular subjects are not part of the curriculum, or only taught with the barest minimum requirements to satisfy the scrutiny of the outside world. That curriculum certainly does not meet the “substantially similar” requirement but little scrutiny, if any, is performed. Yeshiva children graduate school with little or no English fluency, functionally illiterate in this country’s national language. Their parents don’t want better for them. In the words of community members, “No Nobel Prize winners will be coming out of Yeshivas.” The parents and community leaders, with few exception, want insularity. The children cannot aspire to what they do not know. Families are virtually guarantee public assistance, welfare and food stamps which will likely pick up where education leaves off. Perhaps, instead of Nobel Prize winners, the children will be like Rabbi Twersky in New Square,  revered for his unmatched wealth, official license plates, multiple homes and skewed interpretations of what it means to be a Jew. Neitzsche had it spot on.

The futures and any aspirations of both of these cohorts of children are being systematically quashed by the actions of Senators like Flanagan and Marcellino, both of whom have amoral justifications for why a monitor is unnecessary in East Ramapo, despite countless reports and recommendations to the contrary. They have their “sound bites” likely fed to them by the community they support, the ultra-Orthodox in places like New Square and Monsey, Kiryas Joel, Borough Park and Crown Heights. Perhaps the flock of birds with the Golden Crowns (from the story of Solomon) are whispering sweet nothings in their ears.

In an article entitled, “‘Opportunity Deferred’: 19 reforms for E. Ramapo“, from Lohud on December 14, 2015 describes the 19 recommendations from a panel headed by former New York City chancellor Dennis Walcott, which was reported to the Board of Regents. One of the findings within that report states,

“As a result of this confluence of factors, the tensions in East Ramapo have grown into a chasm, full of anger and mistrust, and the District’s students have continued to suffer the effects.”

Lohud describes the situation as follows,

“The school board is controlled by Orthodox Jews, who have been accused of directing resources to the private schools at the expense of the district’s 8,000 public-school students, who are mainly black and Hispanic.”

The Recommendations follow at the end of this article.

The idea that government will protect the education of these children, both Yeshiva and public school students, is a convenient deception. With politics determining the outcome and politicians, gaining support from the bloc, the result is a foregone conclusion. The children are doomed. Right and wrong, principles obvious to many of us, is as much these days a fallacy as the notion that local law enforcement and the criminal justice system will punish serial sex abusers within the ultra-Orthodox community. The misconception that the criminal justice system will at long last prosecute entrenched local Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox leaders for bribery and intimidation, and will bring the courageous children who speak out against sexual predators within those communities justice, is obvious to those of us who are not blind to the moral bankruptcy of our leaders. And it is disconcerting.

We are not delusional enough to believe that the leaders of the communities involved, Rabbi Twersky and his henchmen, Yossi Gestetner a “media consultant” for the ultra-Orthodox community, Legislators Aron Wieder, Ilan Schoenberger and Aidan Wolff Rockland County Legislators,  Yehuda Weismandl, President of the East Ramapo school board,  share in a collective consciousness. They may dress like pious Jews but have bastardized everything that makes Judaism beautiful.

These men, brethren in amorality, the Rabbis and political mafia, akin to street gangs have a well-organized and creatively written playbook for taking over governments and school systems. And, their plays are brilliantly executed.

In an article entitled, “East Ramapo board “surprised” by panel’s recommendations“, by Joseph Spector, published in Politics on the Hudson on December 14, 2015, ERCSD Board President Yehuda Weismandl is quoted as saying,

“We had begun to work together. We were building a consensus for action on underlying problems,” Weissmandl said in a statement.

“We are surprised because Mr. Walcott, who spent a great deal of time with us in recent weeks, spoke to these very issues and seemed intent on avoiding a repeat of the past.

“The final report to the Regents, however, went in a different direction.”



You were not surpised by the recommendations, Trustee Weismandl,  you were surpised that they were not given a proper burial before they came to light. You wondered who did not get compensated to vote your way. The panel’s members, if not in your pocket, drew obvious conclusions that the panel was correct. Somewhere your henchman, or those of your community went wrong.

Weismandl, in the same article is quoted as saying:

“These proposals are likely to reprise the divisions and strife we saw in the district last year,” his statement continued. “This is indeed unfortunate because we had begun the process of reconciliation in East Ramapo.”

He added, “What we need in East Ramapo is a laser focus on the needs of children and reconciliation as a community and improved cooperation at all levels. As we always have, we will continue to work diligently toward these goals.”

There is no “strife” to reprise. There are no divisions of “reconciliations.” There is a concerted effort to take over a school district, in its entirety and effectually irradiate public schools for all of the children who are not Hasidic or ultra-Orthodox for all future generations. Lakewood, Monroe-Woodbury, Jackson Township, it’s all the same playbook, just a different political brothel. And, in this case, the panel’s decision put a wrench in it.

Damage control was the next step and who better to assist in that endeavor than Senators Flanagan and Marcellino?”


Senator Flanagan…

Flanagan had always been on the “short list” according to a Newsday article on May 16, 2015. Despite calling Dennis Walcott a “gentlemen in every sense of the word” is quoted in politico-speak as saying,

When we move in any way shape or form to usurp local control, we have to be extraordinarily judicious,” Flanagan said. “I’m not suggesting for a moment there aren’t extraordinarily acute issues on that district, because there are.”

Despite Senator Flanagan’s description of Walcott, on December 21, 2015 FailedMessiah posted an article commenting:

New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan told the haredi umbrella group Agudath Israel of America last night that the state Board of Regents move to have a state fiscal and policy monitor with veto power installed in the scandal-plagued haredi-controlled East Ramapo Central School District has anti-Semitic overtones and his Republican caucus would not allow it to happen.

“We’re not doing it,” Flanagan told an Agudath Israel of America gathering, the hasidic Hamodia newspaper reported.

Agudath Israel, is the collective organization with the worst record for violence against children and efforts to silence those children. See Haredi Hall of Shame.  Somehow in the minds of the collective, a man brutalizing a child, bending an innocent vulnerable child over a table, pulling down his pants and tearing into him is okay. It brokers silence and deserves no punishment.

In what world is that okay, Senator Flanagan? Each and every time you shake the hands of one of those men, you are potentially locking fingers with blood-stained hands. Have you been invited to the Mikvah, Senator Flanagan, to partake in the spoils of young children? Are you any different from those who have?

Agudath Israel, like many other similar groups, is an organized crime syndicate. It has done more to destroy the lives of children, under the guise of religious “hesed”  (piousness) than any other crime syndicate in existence, historically or present-day.

Flanagan’s comments on December 21, 2015 come after a commentary on the Walcott Report, and FailedMessiah’s as follows:

“As illuminated by the Monitors’ work since August 2015, as reported in Henry M. Greenberg’s November 2014 report to the Regents, as documented in the press, and as experienced and voiced by public school families, educators, and community members, the East Ramapo Board of Education has persistently failed to act in the best interests of public school students. Since August, there has been progress in the District, but after years of challenges, including fiscal distress and a failure of public confidence in the public education system in the District, much more time is needed for the District to overcome years of mismanagement and decline…”

Senator Flanagan, after years of toiling and ending up on the “short list” are your current actions any different than accusations levied against women who allegedly “shtooped (screwed) their way to the top.” You, however, have likely whored yourself out for votes, sold yourself to the collective Devil, men wearing Schtreimels to synagogue on Friday night and Saturday and then fortifying their playbook for the takeover of the secular community on Sunday.

flanaganCaption and photo from yeshivaworld.com: “I congratulate Senator John Flanagan on being elected Senate Majority Leader” said Senator Felder. “As Chair of the NYC Education sub-committee I had the privilege of working with Senator Flanagan on passing the Education Investment Tax Credit in the Senate, securing funding for school transportation, and helping parents secure special education for their children.
Senator Flanagan has a proven track record of supporting our community, and I know that as Majority Leader he will continue to fight for our needs.”

What you may or may not realize, Senator Flanagan, is that one day you might get a knock on your door asking you to move from your home. You might find yourself unable to travel on Friday night and Saturday, the dictates of the Twersky empire of New Square. You are not exempt from the decimation of all this country holds dear, Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. It is simply a convenient deception that you will always be protected. Who knows? You might one day awaken to a bloody horse-head in your bed. The criminals to whom you give legitimacy are no different than Scorcese’s mafia crime family. They just dress differently.



And then there’s Senator Carl Marcellino…

In a Lohud article, dated March 10, 2016, entitled “East Ramapo: Senate Education chair knocks monitor plan”

Senator Carl Marcellino is quoted as saying the following inconceivable two statements:

“My inclination is to hopefully allow the district to resolve the issues on their own, without the state getting involved; without the state putting in a monitor,” he told Gannett’s Albany Bureau on Wednesday.

“I’m more pleased if we can work with the locals and get them to work together and get them to resolve the issues the way they should,” Marcellino continued. “That’s what school boards are elected to do.”

Senator Marellino, how many children must graduate schools without a remotely proper education? Certainly you are well aware that the ultra-Orthodox community leaders are thieves and liars. You’d be more likely to see jackals negotiating with their prey. And yes, the ultra-Orthodox leaders are the jackals in this political game where MONEY and STATE FUNDING OF PRIVATE EDUCATION are the prize. Children be damned.

Morever, Senator Marcellino, with your votes coming so cheap, why should Weismandl and his fellow Board of Education power brokers bother to negotiate?  You have, by your statements, given them political clout. Paying a political whore makes raping, both literally and figuratively, an entire generation of children so easy. The jackals get their money, the children generation after generation get no future and you, Senator, get rich on the backs of these children, their futures made hopeless by you, and their lives without hope.

Men like Senators Flanagan and Marcellino are a convenient deception. For members of communities most in need of their help, they represent systematic destruction and abuse of power. For Agudath Israel, Rabbi Twersky and their ultra-Orthodox organized criminals, they are your gateway to power. Will the children ever find redemption?


Recommendations from an East Ramapo advisory panel Monday to the state Board of Regents:
  • Continue monitors in the district and pursue legislation for increased authority, including a monitor with veto power.
  • Appoint an independent election monitor for school board elections.
  • Create a comprehensive and community inclusive process to develop a new bond issue for purposes of making much needed capital improvements.
  • Pursue legislation to ensure representation of public school concerns on the board of education by providing that in each election cycle, all candidates for at least one of the seats must be parents of children attending public schools selected in a local process by other public school parents.
  • Pursue legislation to expand required training for the district’s board members.
  • Convene meetings with a human rights expert.
  • Rethink use of Title I resources.
  • Provide students with full-day kindergarten classes.
  • Continue investigating the feasibility of streamlining grade configurations and start times.
  • Continue progress toward enrichment of academic options for all students.
  • Reform and enhance professional development opportunities for staff.
  • Create a hiring protocol that includes specific departments in the hiring process to ensure that there is a screening process of credentials and appropriate placement for new hires.
  • Streamline school district operations to encourage efficiency and transparency.
  • Explore longer-term transportation contracts with public approval.
  • Explore changes to bus routes and policies to maximize efficiency.
  • Review policies and procedures for special education and English language learner programs.
  • Reinstate support services for all students where needed.
  • Ensure responsible local contributions in the district budget.
  • The state needs to provide dedicated support to the district.

For Additional Reading:

March 24, 2015, Lohud

Ed Day Presses for East Ramapo Bill

June 25, 2015, Lohud

No state monitor for East Ramapo schools,

December 14, 2015, FailedMessiah.com

A Convenient Deception, East Ramapo – Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan

East Ramapo – State Majority Leader John Flanagan Vows Support In East Ramapo BUT Look To Whom He Is Vowing Support!

by: FB site, Clarkstown What They Don’t Want You to Know

East Ramapo – State Majority Leader John Flanagan Vows Support In East Ramapo BUT Look To Whom He Is Vowing Support!

Senate Majority Leader Republican John Flanagan, has warned against a monitor, saying that the state shouldn’t usurp the power of an elected school board. The East Ramapo school board has opposed a state monitor with veto power.

“Really what they want to do is overtake that school district. And we’re not doing that,” Flanagan, R-Suffolk County, told a Jewish group.

If you have friends in Suffolk County remind them at election time that their representative is beholden to those who provide little to no secular education to their own kids and who have decimated a once top performing public school system in Rockland County.

Ramapo School Board – Overlooking Obligations



This is a partial reprint of a New York Times article from 2014. It focuses on the deterioration of the East Ramapo Central School District’s public schools at the hands of the Yeshivas which number, as of today 84 registered in the County of Rockland, and 640 Yeshivas on the books and records of tax exempt organizations on the IRS website. If this makes no sense to you, that’s good because it makes no sense to us either. With all of the coverage on the issue of the public school students versus the money filtered out of public education into the private Yeshivas throughout Rockland County (and Toms River/Lakewood, New Jersey, Monroe-Woodbury, New York amongst others), there have been no improvements. To the contrary, things are only getting worse. We thought the reprint relevant. We credit the New York Times for the story.

LostMessiah, March 1, 2016

A School Board That Overlooks Its Obligation to Students


Their intent was to recreate the shtetls of Eastern Europe in the leafy precincts of Rockland County. Now 19,000 Hasidic children here attend yeshivas while about 11,000 or so black, Latino and Haitian children attend the once well-integrated public schools.

Voting in disciplined blocs, ultra-Orthodox Jewish residents elected leaders to the school board. An Orthodox-dominated board ensured that the community’s geometric expansion would be accompanied by copious tax dollars for textbooks and school buses.

(The state Education Department has ruled that the district could not use public dollars to place disabled Orthodox children in Yiddish-speaking yeshivas when less restrictive public classrooms were available. The school board is appealing.)

Public education became an afterthought. Schools were closed and sold off or rented to yeshivas, at sweet discounts. (An appraiser was indicted last year, accused of taking a handsome bribe for a low appraisal.)

Oscar Cohen, white-haired, Jewish and a local resident in his eighth decade, has rallied the opposition, including secular Jews, Central Americans and blacks, among them Betty Carmand, who will gather at a news conference on Tuesday to call for state action. He acknowledges their conundrum: The forms of democracy have perpetrated what looks a lot like injustice.

He tried to talk with the ultra-Orthodox school board. “Early on I figured we needed trust,” he said. “We had a few meetings and they essentially said, ‘We have the power and you don’t.’ ”

Dissent became another flashpoint. After blacks, Latinos and secular Jews complained loudly, perhaps rudely, at public meetings last year, the board chairman at the time, Daniel Schwartz, peered dourly at the audience.

“It’s become apparent to the board that there is a group of miscreants in the community,” he said.