Above: Aaron Weider
Rockland County, New York politician Aaron Weider says the State of New York is attacking haredi children because the latest monitor team appointed by the state found serious ongoing issues with how the haredi-controlled school board manages the education of public school students, almost all of whom are non-Jewish minorities.
So for those of you weren't able to read the monitors' report I FailedMessiah.com posted yesterday, here are the 19 recommendation monitor Dennis Walcott and his team made in response to the team's findings:
Here are the 19 recommendations from the monitor team (via Patch.com):
1. Continue Monitors in the District and pursue legislation for increased authority, including veto power.
2. Appoint an independent election monitor for school board elections.
3. Create a comprehensive and community inclusive process to develop a new bond issue for purposes of making much needed capital improvements.
4. Pursue legislation to ensure representation of public school concerns on the board of education by providing that in each election cycle, all candidates for at least one of the seats must be parents of children attending public schools selected in a local process by other public school parents.
5. Pursue legislation to expand required training for the District’s board members.
6. Convene meetings with a Human Rights expert.
7. Rethink use of Title I resources.
8. Provide students with full-day kindergarten classes.
9. Continue investigating the feasibility of streamlining grade configurations and start times.
10.Continue progress towards enrichment of academic options for all students.
11.Reform and enhance professional development opportunities for staff.
12.Create a hiring protocol that includes specific departments in the hiring process to ensure that there is a screening process of credentials and appropriate placement for new hires.
13.Streamline school district operations to encourage efficiency and transparency.
14.Explore longer-term transportation contracts with public approval.
15.Explore changes to bus routes and policies to maximize efficiency.
16.Review policies and procedures for special education and English language learner programs.
17.Reinstate support services for all students where needed.
18.Ensure responsible local contributions in the district budget.
19.The State needs to provide dedicated support to the District.