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Feds Say Evidence Supports East Ramapo School Bias Claims

Newly appointed East Ramapo Central Schools Superintendent Deborah Wortham speaks to audience at a Board of Education meeting.
Newly appointed East Ramapo Central Schools Superintendent Deborah Wortham speaks to audience at a Board of Education meeting. Photo Credit: Tina Traster

EAST RAMAPO, N.Y. -- The U.S. Department of Education has determined that there is evidence that claims of racial discrimination in the East Ramapo school district are founded, and the department will closely monitor an agreement with the district to address these claims, as reported by lohud.

The Spring Valley NAACP had filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights that the East Ramapo school district made discriminatory decisions based on race and national origin, such as paying for the placement of children in out-of-district programs and offering more classes in Yiddish than Spanish or Creole, lohud reported.

The OCR found that a disproportionate number of out-of-district placements for special education students went to white children and that there were not enough foreign-languages classes other than Yiddish. The OCR will monitor the school district’s progress, lohud reported.

For details, see lohud’s original article .

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