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NYS Assembly OKs Monitor For Troubled School District


The New York Assembly has approved a bill that would install a state monitor at the troubled East Ramapo school district.

The Democratic-led body passed the measure 80-56.

The Rockland County district is about 30 miles north of New York City. It's controlled by Orthodox Jewish men who send their children to private religious schools. The school district of 9,000 students is largely black and Latino.

Supporters of the bill argue that the board doesn't represent the interest of the district.

A recent state investigator's report cited years of fiscal mismanagement and recommended an independent monitor for the district.

If the Republican-controlled Senate passes the bill, the monitor would develop a five-year academic and fiscal plan.

The bill has the support of the governor.

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