Reform Movement Urges Governor Cuomo to Intervene in East Ramapo Central School District
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Washington, D.C., May 8, 2014 - In an effort to protect the public school system in East Ramapo and relieve the tension being felt across racial, religious and ethnic lines in the area, Interfaith leaders, including Reform rabbis, have formed Rockland Clergy for Social Justice, an organization pushing for the state to intervene in the school district.
In support of this effort, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
We are deeply concerned by the current situation in the East Ramapo Central School District that is inhibiting public school students from achieving their full potential. In the last few years, decreased resources have been directed to the public schools in the East Ramapo Central School District. This has resulted in many classes, extracurricular activities and staff have been cut at the public schools and in too many cases students can no longer get enough credits to graduate high school on time.
For generations of Jewish students, as they have been for generations of students from all backgrounds in every community across the country, the public schools were a crucial tool to rise from poverty to achievement in this country. We cannot allow the public schools to be weakened, denying this or future generations of students the same opportunities we and others have had.
We encourage the state to intervene as necessary to ensure that public educational opportunities are provided for all students in East Ramapo and beyond.