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Hudson Valley News

NYS Oversight Sought For East Ramapo School District

A state-appointed fiscal monitor of the East Ramapo school district in Rockland County wants the state to oversee the school board.

Hank Greenberg said Monday that the Rockland County district's finances "teeter on the edge of disaster." In a report to the Board of Regents, he made recommendations to increase state aid. He called for a monitor to override the board and superintendent, saying it was more practical than removing board members. The board is made up mostly of Orthodox men whose children attend private religious schools. Most of the students in the public schools are black or Latino. Its president told The Wall Street Journal it will carefully review the recommendations. Officials say state oversight would be the strongest intervention in a school district in more than a decade.

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