Lakewood School District Hijacked by the Ultra-Orthodox – The Kids Are Fighting Back!!


BREAKING VIDEO & PHOTOS: Lakewood High School students take to the streets in protest over teacher job cuts


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.

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.