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Recently, Henry Greenberg, New York State monitor to the East Ramapo Central School District, reported that children attending East Ramapo public schools are not receiving fair, equitable and just access to educational opportunities. Jewish values call on us to cherish education and pursue justice, and both are at risk for the children attending public school in East Ramapo.

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A bill in the New York State legislature, S.3821/A.5355, would ensure strong state oversight over a school board that has weakened public education in this community. For students of every background and every generation, public schools have served as crucial tool to rise from poverty to achievement. We encourage the state to pass this bill, which would help ensure that all students in East Ramapo have access to public education designed to broaden their opportunities in their next phase of life.

As Reform Jews, we believe firmly in public education, and how it fosters opportunity and achievement for all children. We must take action to protect public education in East Ramapo by calling on the New York Legislature to pass this bill, which will put in place a monitor to ameliorate the deteriorating situation.