Monsey – Bias Suit Against East Ramapo School Board Dismissed

Ramapo, NY – A 2014 lawsuit charging the East Ramapo School Board of illegally showing favoritism to private school students has been dismissed by a federal court.

News 12 reported that the class action lawsuit, filed by taxpayers, public school parents and individual students, said that public school students in the district suffered because the school board, which has at times been controlled completely or largely by Orthodox Jewish men, illegally channeled money to yeshiva special education programs.

Judges on the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3 to 1 this week in favor of the school district, saying that there was no basis for a lawsuit.

A lawyer representing public school parents in the district called the ruling “significant and unfortunate.” It is unknown whether those parents will take advantage of a 30 day window to appeal the ruling.

A spokesperson for the school board declined to comment on the ruling.

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