The Brian Lehrer Show has a continuing series on the developing conflict in the East Ramapo school district of Rockland County, N.Y. The tension is between public school students and parents, who are mostly immigrants, and the elected school board, mostly Hasidic Jews.
Last week, Brian spoke to the author of a New York Magazine article about tensions in the Ramapo school district. Rockland County legislator Aron Wieder, (District 13) and former President of the East Ramapo School Board, responds to criticisms that members of the Orthodox Jewish community in Rockland County are using their seats on the East Ramapo school board to make decisions that are in their best interest, although they do not send their children to public schools.
A group of concerned parents and students say that decisions made by the East Ramapo School Board are not in the best interest of most students. Peggy Hatton, co-host of East Ramapo Underground, a radio program broadcast on AM 1300, talks about the Rockland County controversy. And Olivia Castor, Spring Valley high school senior and leader of the East Ramapo Student Coalition, talks about her school experience and what budget cuts mean inside the school.