Religious leaders ask state to take over East Ramapo school district

Religious leaders say East Ramapo students are being deprived by an orthodox Jewish dominated school board. (4/8/14)

SPRING VALLEY - Dozens of religious leaders in Rockland County are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office to take over a local school district.

Religious leaders from many denominations gathered at the First Baptist Church on Hoyt Street in Spring Valley to demand the state step in and take over the fiscal and administrative duties of the East Ramapo Central School District.

They say the school board, made up primarily of Orthodox Jews, has unfairly reduced services to the primarily African-American, Haitian and Hispanic student population.

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The group points to various state investigations into alleged irregularities in school funding.

The clergy members say today's announcement is just the first step. They told News 12 about plans to travel to Albany at the end of this month in the hope of a direct meeting with the governor. 

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