Lawmakers hope $3M funding boost will help East Ramapo public schoolsPosted: Updated:
Local lawmakers are hoping that a $3 million boost in state funding for the embattled East Ramapo School District will help the region continue to improve its underfunded public school system.
East Ramapo is made up of 9,000 public students, who are mostly minorities, and another 20,000 private school students, most of whom are Orthodox Jewish.
The district's school board has been plagued by accusations of favoritism toward private school students and general misuse of funds.
A state-appointed monitor has been put in place to oversee East Ramapo's school board after local lawmakers secured the $3 million in state funding to go directly to the district's underfunded, but high-need public schools.
“When you have 80 percent of your district going to the private schools, and the public school population has an immense amount of poverty and English-language learners, that means more resources need to be spent in the public school,” says state Sen. David Carlucci.
At Spring Valley High School, construction has already started on the school’s athletic fields, thanks to bond money approved last year. Local lawmakers say the new state funding will go a lot further to improving the school for everyone and making the district a better place for all its students.