Three New York lawmakers have introduced a bill to appoint a state monitor to the East Ramapo School District in Rockland County. The move comes in response to recommendations issued by a state-appointed fiscal monitor in November.
State Senator David Carlucci and Assemblymembers Ellen Jaffee and Ken Zebrowski have introduced legislation authorizing the education commissioner to appoint a state monitor to oversee the troubled East Ramapo Central School District. The state monitor would have the power to override actions of the school board and superintendent. The education commissioner would appoint the monitor to serve for five years. School Board President Yehuda Weissmandl, in a statement, says he is disappointed in the proposed legislation because it does not focus on the underlying problem of inadequate funding. The lawmakers say they are committed to securing additional funding to be linked to oversight for the district.