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January 20, 2013

Scandal-Plagued Haredi-Controled School Board Threatens To Sue The State – Again

Daniel SchwartzThe scandal-plagued haredi-controled East Ramapo school district is threatening to sue New York State’s Department of Education as that state department is in the process of challenging East Ramapo on its handling of haredi special education student placements.

Daniel Schwartz

Scandal-Plagued Haredi-Controled School Board Threatens To Sue The State – Again
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

The scandal-plagued haredi-controled East Ramapo school district is threatening to sue New York State’s Department of Education as that state department is in the process of challenging East Ramapo on its handling of haredi special education student placements.

The Journal News reports that East Ramapo claims in a new 11-page letter to the Department of Education threatening the suit that the state “misapplied and misinterpreted” the laws when it determined that the district continues to be in noncompliance with the requirement that special education students be taught in the “least restrictive environment.” The school district has been cited three times beginning in 2010 by the state for placing disabled in private Jewish religious schools – yeshivas – when placements in public schools were available.

The state issued an immediate cease and desist order on December 19 blocking East Ramapo’s practice of allowing one district employee to unilaterally determine those placements, overriding placement recommendations made by the district’s Committee on Special Education – which haredim do not control.

East Ramapo officials are currently fighting a major lawsuit and related legal action from parents who accuse them of looting the school district’s treasury and directing that public money to yeshivas. Among other things, the parents have shown proof that the district bought yeshivas religious textbooks, and that it “lent” hundreds of thousands of dollars of textbooks to those yeshivas, many of which were never returned.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has also investigated sales of two public school buildings to yeshivas amid critics’ claims of illegality. In response, East Ramapo filed a lawsuit against Schneiderman in July.

“If the state’s going to treat us unfairly and change the rules, we have to do what we have to do,” Superintendent of Schools Joel Klein reportedly said in response to questions about the threatened lawsuit against the Department of Education.

The state was reportedly unable to comment on East Ramapo’s threat until it had time to read and evaluate it.

East Ramapo’s school board meetings, supposedly public, have have recently been scuttled by haredi and Orthodox Jewish board members by sending out enough haredi board members from the room to lose the board’s quorum, thereby cutting off public debate on its actions. The board then meets in private session behind closed doors, sometimes for hours, in hopes that the public that has come to challenge it will dissipate.

A recent video captured by one of those East Ramapo residents captures board president Daniel Schwartz, an attorney, motioning to a haredi board member to leave the room so a challenge to him can be cut off:



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may not be a good place so feel free to erase after you check it out.

rotter.net has a report that 9 arabs were arrested for attacking two orthodox jews on the day of snow, seen on a video that you posted here
here is the link in hebrew: http://rotter.net/forum/scoops1/22019.shtml

Proving once again that there's no limit to how far this board can stoop...

I fail to see why the state should care where the special need kids get their instruction.
Posted by: Noah | January 20, 2013 at 02:46 AM

first amendment establishment clause. This illegally funnels public subsidies to a religious school. The state pays for the kids to get a yeshiva education.

Noah, the public system pays for special needs children. So the kids' needs do matter.
But if you want your kids to have a religious education instead of a public one, that's your choice and you pay for it. You don't break the law by stealing from public schools and violating the constitution.
It's not rocket science.
The East Ramapo school board is from the Village of Chelm.

Danny Boy would probably be better off threatening to sing kedusha in Shelly Silver's shul if the state doesn't back off.

Much scarier than any lawsuit the Hindenburg of Rockland County could ever file.

So, the same board and supt. that have been complaining about frivolous lawsuits is now threatening to file a lawsuit themselves! The district's usual lawyer that charges $250 per hour is not good enough...they hired Esquire David Butler at $650 per hour. Just last week, the fired another 5 teachers and cut ALL non varsity sports. This is solid proof that they don't give a crap about the public school students whose education they are charged to oversee!

They complain about being bullied by the state....really? So Schwartz and his posey are now the victims? LOL! There is 70 million dollars in cash, but Klein had refused to pay for the secular disabled students education at BOCES until the state threatened them. So...they paid 2.37 million dollars, about half of what is owed since last July. Meantime, KJ is about a month behind...so education for the religious disabled students is being paid for. BOCES was threatening to lay off staff and return the most disabled kids to the district. They are do low that they are holding our most disabled students hostage to they political games.

This posey, led by Schwartz is the most reprehensible group I have ever seen. The district now says that there is another million dollars in deficit. They don't even have a handle on the exact deficit. But, they want to sue the state so that they can continue to pay for placements to KJ and RISE. Amazing! Sad!

A public trustee appointed by the State Department of Education needs to replace the current school board to protect the interests of the public school students. Jewish politicians in Albany should not abuse their positions to give the Haredi a free pass. One day, the shoe may be on the other foot.

I doubt if any demographic group in the US has benefited more from public education in the past century than the Jews. With the growing influence of the haredi, this probably won't be the case in the next century.


Is this 3rd 4th or 5th time shmarya using same video?


Schwartz represented my former wife in our divorce. He's not a shark. He's extremely honest and tried to be fair. My lawyer didn't take him seriously enough and at the trial Schwartz swept the floor with his pants. Schwartz will try to make a settlement that is fair. But if the other side won't cooperate he knows how to win by being honest. If he's telling the state he plans to sue, you can be sure he has a good reason and smells a victory.

"He's not a shark. He's extremely honest and tried to be fair."

All the videos on UTube prove differently. He is out to exploit NY taxpayers and is continuing on a daily basis. When he is finally in the criminal court system, you'll wake up....(He needs to stop taking orders from the Ruv and come clean.)

DEvorah, you are so completely wrong. Rabbonim tried to get involved in my case because my ex went off the derech and took the kids with her. Many rabbis tried to call Schwartz. He refused to speak to any of them. He doesn't take orders from rabbonim or anyone eles. At then end though he did admit that my kids should be modern yeshiva day school in order to keep some some kind of relationship with me. He convonced my ex-wife to do that.

Devorah is not wrong. Former Adversary, just attend a meeting or review some videos and you will see. The former board president told the Journal News the board seeks guidance from the rebbes and Mr. Wieder (former board member) was notorious for awaiting text messages before responding. It is a complete embarrassment and their reckless handling of the finances by incompetent people, a travesty. They have done more to increase antisemitism by their actions than one could have ever imagined. Sad. Luke

Former Adversary, if you are not lying:
A) You both had idiots for lawyers, and
B) Your lawyers both had idiots for clients

The policy is of denying funding even for secular classes at parochial schools is a subtle for of genocide as it's effect is for people to give up their culture and religion. What this school board is doing by whatever means is a defensive action necessary until citizens of New York state and the politicians they elect will change the law to allow vouchers or tax credits for those who send their kids to parochial schools or alternatively do away with the whole public school system as it is not a core function of government to provide education.
The continuation of this system is unamerican and violates the spirit of the constitution if not the wording.

So they want to sue.... what's wrong with that? So that's now a Chillul Hashem? How crazy are you guys?
In NYC the unions and the teachers and the schools constantly sue the state.... why is this news?
We live in the USA... we can sue...
Good for you Dan Schwartz...kol ha'kovod!

This not going to be any different than the 1994 Kiras Yoel case. The difference here is that there is the issue of public funds aparently being intentionally diverted to religious controlled yeshivas by a religious controlled school board in disguise as a secular school board.

Only the U.S. Supreme court will decide this whenever it makes it there. In the mean time, all your opinions,especially from the usual poorly educated Charedi fanatics that post here, are as good as toilet paper.

How about this, go and have a ham and cheese sandwich while at it.

>The policy is of denying funding even for secular classes at parochial schools is a subtle for of genocide

The issue of state funding for education should be settled with reason. Ramping up the rhetoric to such extreme appeals to emotion and illogic could be counterproductive.

sadisticsteve, I went and re-read the Grumet case (1994 Kiryas Joe) and you are spot on. if only Schwartz had a decent lawyer he could turn to for advice....

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