EAG News by Victor Skinner
RAMAPO, N.Y. – Parents are calling for criminal charges against East Ramapo administrators who were caught on video berating parents and students with profanities as they protested the school board.
“I’m not taking that shit from them,” East Ramapo Town Board member Brendel Logan shouted at protestors outside of her husband’s East Ramapo School Board office building Saturday.
“Get that camera out of my face before I rip it out,” her husband, school board member Bernard Charles, yells at a man recording the altercation, a YouTube video shows.
Police officers are seen holding back protestors, Logan and Charles during different points in the dispute.[…]
Whatever is going on in Ramapo is more than about education and politics. At the beginning of the video, the man with his back to the camera tells Charles that he’s supposed to stand with his own people.
It is reported that Brendel Charles, an East Ramapo School Board Member is known to have a violent temper. As a follow up to the growing insanity, the following video speaks for itself.
Charles was served with a Federal Lawsuit and a Petition to the Commissioner of NYSED.
According to a fiscal monitor report, the troubled school district has long had a history of “financial mismanagement, deficits and deep cuts in its academic programs.”
The board is run by “Orthodox Jewish men who send their children to private religious schools. Critics say the board shortchanged services in public schools to keep taxes lower.”
Wall Street Journal
Some 9,000 children are in East Ramapo public schools, and most are poor and black or Latino. Meanwhile, 24,000 students attend private religious schools, which received fast rising sums of taxpayer money for busing and special-needs services.
Supporters of the board said the state’s funding formula doesn’t give enough support to an area with such unusual demographics and the district deserved more state aid….
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A lawsuit has been filed against members of the East Ramapo school board and their legal counsel. Parents and educators are demanding that each member steps down while also demanding the resignation of East Ramapo school superintendent, Joel Klein.
Klein was forced to apologize to East Ramapo’s Latino community last year after stating at a board meeting that an influx of immigrants (illegal?) into the district played a major role in the district’s high dropout rate, “They want to learn the language. They want free lunch, breakfast and whatever else they can get. They know they cannot get a diploma. … It’s a major, major issue.”
As expected, that went over real well. After two months of protests and demands that Klein resign, the district superintendent walked back his statement in a letter that “It was not my intention to be disrespectful or insensitive to these students or to the Latino community.”
The casualties here are the students and the truth. There is a cultural war going on at these meetings.
Who will get the blame if and when the makeup of the East Ramapo school board has been fundamentally transformed?
Bad habits die hard.