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The East Ramapo School District in Rockland County, NY includes a large Orthodox Haredi community and a large black and Hispanic immigrant community. The East Ramapo School Board is composed of 70% Haredi members, even though most Haredi children in this school district attend private yeshivas and most black and Hispanic children attend the public schools.

While this arrangement is legal and the members of the School Board appear to have won their elections fairly, recent actions have called the Board’s motives and actions into question. In the last few years, many classes, extracurricular activities and staff have been cut at the local public schools. There are also accusations of the School Board selling public school buildings to yeshivas at below market rate and sending Haredi children to yeshivas using public money by illegally exploiting special education laws.

While many of these accusations are currently being debated in federal court, hundreds of children can no longer graduate public high school in four years and are receiving inadequate educations based on severely limited resources. In light of this situation, interfaith leaders have formed Rockland Clergy for Social Justice, an organization pushing for state intervention in the school district. Additionally, Uri L’Tzedek—an Orthodox social justice organization—has created the following petition asking Governor Cuomo to intervene.

We ask you to add your name to the petition below, as this situation has created growing anti-Semitic sentiment and deprived children of an adequate education.

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