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Local Environmental Groups: www.preserveramapo.org - Activists exposing corruption and fighting over-development www.rosa4rockland.org - Opposing the Patrick Farm development http://npogroups.org/lists/info/rocknet - Environmentalist email list www.nodesal.com - Opposing the Haverstraw desalination project Other East Ramapo Focused Resources: Advocates for Justice - A Public Interest Non-Profit Law Firm working

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Issue Survey

Dear Power of Ten Reader, Over the last several years, Power of Ten has focused exclusively on issues related to East Ramapo schools.  However, many readers have requested that I include other related issues such as general educational topics or

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Beloved Educator Passes; Fight for Justice Goes On!

Power of Ten Update In This Issue: Beloved Educator Pedro Santana has Passed Away Rockland Journal News Editorial in favor of NY State Intervention Ellen Jaffee Delivers Her Strongest Message Yet Advocates for Justice Needs Your Help 1) Pedro Santana Pedro

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Clergy Group to Cuomo: East Ramapo Governance is Broken!

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Power of Ten Update In This Issue: Rockland Clergy Call on Gov. Cuomo to Intervene Judge sides with East Ramapo over Yeshivas, but board votes to ‘settle’, awarding millions in credit. Play about East Ramapo opens to packed rooms, two

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Rockland Clergy for Social Justice Calls for Gov. Cuomo to Intervene in East Ramapo

Power of Ten Update Special Issue: Rockland Clergy for Social Justice will hold a press conference on Tuesday, April 8 at noon, at the First Baptist Church located at 3 Hoyt Street in Spring Valley, NY. More than 90 rabbis, ministers, pastors and imams from

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New Play about East Ramapo; Rockland Legislature Asks NY to Investigate School Finances

Power of Ten Update In This Issue: Hearing on Legislation Tuesday Play about East Ramapo Issues Sunday Help Power of Ten Grow 1) The Rockland County Legislature is requesting that the New York State Assembly and Senate pass “The New

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East Ramapo board loses in court again; segregation undermines education;

Power of Ten Update In This Issue: School Board Loses Another Lawsuit East Ramapo decline tied to increasing segregation Reminder: MLK Day event Monday Green Meadow Waldorf School offers free tutoring Message from the editor 1) School Board Loses Another

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Editorial: East Ramapo waits for help

The Journal News Editorial: East Ramapo waits for help State must revisit crucial legislation East Ramapo’s continued careless shepherding of public taxpayer resources — documented again this month in a comptroller’s audit and a state education commissioner’s ruling — underscores

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Sad News; Strange Bedfellows; A Day to Celebrate

Power of Ten Update In this issue: Rev. Brightman has passed School board member resigns An outrageous choice School board still paying lawyer who cursed at student Martin Luther King Celebration Jan 20 at SVHS 1) Rev. Brightman has passed

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2013 Review; 2014 Priorities

The Power of Ten Update In this Issue: 2013 Review Let’s Make Education Our Priority for 2014 Advocates for Justice End of Year Donation Plea 1) 2013 Review 2013 was a very active year for the struggle for educational equity

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D’Agostino Still Here?; Peace Award Details

Power of Ten Update In This Issue: D’Agostino is still here? Peace Award Details Message from The East Ramapo Underground 1) D’Agostino is still here? Many people might think that after the school board said that they would “transition” from

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Invitation to FOR Celebration; Spring Valley – East Ramapo Crisis is an Emergency

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: East Ramapo activists to receive Peace Prize Crisis in East Ramapo declared an emergency priority by the Village of Spring Valley New lawsuit addresses failure to provide basic education to all students 1)

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East Ramapo Activists to Receive Peace Prize; East Ramapo is Major Factor in Nov 5th Election

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: East Ramapo Activists to Receive Peace Prize Cuomo Must Intervene in East Ramapo The Campaign for Educational Equity Wants You! Crisis in East Ramapo is Major Factor in Nov 5th Election 1) East Ramapo

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Parent: East Ramapo fails to provide NY minimum education; SOS President: Send a message on Nov 5

Power of Ten Update In this issue: Parent Files Appeal Re: Lack of Music and Art in East Ramapo SOS President: Send a Message on November 5th 1) Parent Files Appeal Re: Lack of Music and Art in East Ramapo

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Upcoming Events; Enrollment is Up; East Ramapo Activists Honored

Power of Ten Update In this issue: Meet and Greet on Tuesday Enrollment up 13% over projections East Ramapo Activists receive NAACP awards Power of Ten editor receives HANA award   1) Meet and Greet on Tuesday East Ramapo Activist

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Meet and Greet Today; Mr. Smith moves closer to Grammy Award

Power of Ten Update In this issue: Four Hundred Turn Out to Support Pedro Santana Former East Ramapo Band Director closer to Grammy Meet and Greet Today 1) Beloved Educator Battling Cancer Former Assistant Superintendent for East Ramapo Pedro Santana

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Reminder: Event Tonight (Friday Oct 11)

Power of Ten Update Reminder: Event Tonight (Friday Oct 11) Beloved Educator Battling Cancer Former Assistant Superintendent for East Ramapo Pedro Santana has been diagnosed with a very serious form of cancer and is fighting for his life. Pedro’s friends

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Beloved Educator Battling Cancer; Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Report

Power of Ten Update In this issue: Beloved Educator Battling Cancer Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Report 1) Beloved Educator Battling Cancer Former Assistant Superintendent for East Ramapo Pedro Santana has been diagnosed with a very serious form of cancer and

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Reminder: Court Date Monday

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Federal Civil Rights Court Date Board Meeting Tuesday Questions from East Ramapo Underground East Ramapo Gambles on Budgets 1) Federal Civil Rights Court Date Advocates for Justice, a New York based public interest

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Court Date Sept 30; Emilia Wins Primary

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Federal Civil Rights Court Date Emilia White Wins Democratic Primary East Ramapo Underground Radio Two Important Letters Published in Journal News 1) Federal Civil Rights Court Date The public is encouraged to attend:

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School Board Slumlord; Candidate Forum; Pedophile Still Teaching; Non-public Education “A Fraud”

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Slumlords on the School Board? Democratic Primary Candidate’s Forum Today, September 3 Convicted pedophile still teaching at non-public school in East Ramapo Unregistered non-public schools are failing children Message from the editor 1)

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Dream Event Wednesday; Letter: Rescue the Kids of East Ramapo; Cuomo Disappoints Again

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: 50th Anniversary REALIZE THE DREAM! Event NAACP and JAMCCAR Host Candidate’s Forum Rockland, State Must Rescue the Kids of East Ramapo Videos from East Ramapo Underground Governor Cuomo Disappoints East Ramapo AGAIN! 1)

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Where in the World is Governor Cuomo?

Where in the World is Governor Cuomo? July 31, 2013 Article by Michael Bongiorno in Our Town Newspaper What is in the water cooler at the Long Island-based law firm of Minerva & D’Agostino? Attorneys for the firm, which was

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D’Agostino to go; Yeshiva loses Hillcrest lease

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: D’Agostino to go, but not soon enough!!!! Commissioner King Annuls Lease to Yeshiva Avir Yakov 1) D’Agostino to go, but not soon enough!!! At the July 8 East Ramapo School Board meeting, called

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RESPECT Rally Monday July 8

Power of Ten Update Reminder: Respect Rally Monday July 8 The Save Our Schools Coalition announces ‘Rally for Respect’, a Peaceful Protest in East Ramapo to demand immediate termination of the law firm D’Agostino and Minerva, and to request state

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Lawyer for East Ramapo Explodes with Obscenity and Hostility; Rally for Respect Monday

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Lawyer for East Ramapo Explodes with Obscenity and Hostility!!! Rally for Respect Monday 1) Lawyer for East Ramapo Explodes with Obscenity and Hostility!!! At the July 2 East Ramapo School Board meeting lawyer

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Commissioner King talks East Ramapo on Public Radio

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Message From a Reader Three Days Left to Sign to Save East Ramapo Budget Revote Tuesday Commissioner King discusses East Ramapo on WNYC New Video Featured on Power of Ten 1) Hillcrest Resident

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Last Chance to Sign the Save East Ramapo Petition

Power of Ten Update Last Chance to Sign the Save East Ramapo Petition: PETITION CLOSING DATE IS JUNE 15TH The East Ramapo Central School District was once considered among the best in NY State. Today, the graduation rate is just

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Massive Student Walkout in East Ramapo

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Student Walkout Save East Ramapo Petition Now More Important Than Ever Budget Revote Message from the Editor 1) Student Walkout: Hundreds of Spring Valley and Ramapo High School Students walked out of school

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Election Reports; Teacher up for a Grammy

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Election Reports Message From Our candidates Save East Ramapo Bill Now More Important Than Ever East Ramapo Featured on NPR Again Former E Ramapo Music Teacher Up for a Grammy 1) Election Reports:

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Special Ed Parents: Important Meeting Monday May 13; NAACP Forum Reports

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Special Ed Parents Meeting Monday Candidate Forum Reports Message from the editor 1) Special Ed Parents Meeting Does your child struggle in school? If so, is he/she getting the necessary services to make

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East Ramapo Candidates Forum Today

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Candidates Forum Today Online Petition over 3,500! Is Divisiveness Dangerous? East Ramapo Student featured on NPR 1) Candidates Forum Today: Thursday May 9, at 6:30 pm Louis Kurtz Center, 9 N. Main St

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Budget Hearing Today; Court Appearance Report; Powerful New Article

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Court Appearance Report Online Petition WOW!!! Upcoming Events New Media Coverage 1) Court Appearance Report Newsday: East Ramapo lawsuit: Parents can demand documents on special ed. cases Journal News: Judge allows class-action suit

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Court Appearance Thursday; Petition to Save East Ramapo is on Fire

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Petition on Fire, now share, share, share! Court Appearance Thursday East Ramapo subject of national education blog NAACP Events: Candidate Forum and Student Debate 1) Save East Ramapo Petition has 1,914 signatures!!! Thank

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Our Petition is on Fire; Another Court Date Change

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Court Appearance New Date Online Petition Takes Off Fast! Campaign for May 21 Trustee Election Begins Saturday Board President Quits Homework help now available at School Board Meetings Message from the editor 1)

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Court Date Delayed; Petition for Intervention; Budget News

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Civil Rights Court Appearance DELAYED New Petition Online: The “Save East Ramapo” Bill School Board Meeting Next Tuesday Message from the editor 1) Federal Civil Rights Court Date DELAYED: OUR DAY IN COURT

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Forum Recap; Court Date Thursday

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Community Forum Recap Your Presence Requested at Civil Rights Court Appearance Thursday School Board Meetings Tomorrow and Next Tuesday 1) Community Forum Recap Thank you to all who came out on Saturday for

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4-6-13 Rally Tuesday, Forum Saturday – RESPECT

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: RESPECT Rally on Tuesday Save Our Schools Community Forum Saturday Federal Civil Rights Court Date 1) RESPECT Rally on Tuesday NO EMPLOYEE of ERCSD should be allowed to VERBALLY ABUSE a student and

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3-24-13 East Ramapo Makes National Headlines

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Our Issue Gets National Attention WBLS FM to Broadcast East Ramapo Forum Civil Rights Court Date Rescheduled Fundraiser Rescheduled 1) Our Issue Gets National Attention: The national media has taken notice of our

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3-15-2013

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Commissioner King replies to our petition Newsday Editorial on profanity-spewing lawyer You can file a complaint too! Civil Rights Case in Court Tuesday Fundraiser March 30th 1) Commissioner King writes an answer to

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3-10-13

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: School Attorney Curses at Student Fundraiser March 30th Calling all Candidates Report of the Rally on March 5 1) School Attorney Curses at Student: The attorney for the East Ramapo School District verbally

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3-02-13

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Rally on Tuesday Fundraiser March 30th State Continues Probe of East Ramapo Finances Report from the Feb 28 board meeting 1) Rally on Tuesday There will be a rally before the school board

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2-25-13

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Save the Date: Fundraiser March 30th Local Yeshivas subject of Jewish week investigative report Letter to the Journal News: East Ramapo fails public school students Message from the editor 1) March 30th East

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2-14-13

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Governor Cuomo comments on East Ramapo Rockland County Legislature to Honor East Ramapo Board Members Dept of Education warns district again on violations Message from the editor 1) Gov. Cuomo: NYSED will do

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1-31-13

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Follow up the petition with a phone call School Board members resign School Board meeting Tuesday Please support the class action civil rights lawsuit Message from the editor 1) Please Call Albany: Thank

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1-18-13

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Petition delivered to Albany with 4,994 signers! School Board meeting Tuesday Please support the class action civil rights lawsuit Jermaine Paul to sing for King Day at Spring Valley HS Message from the

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1-6-13

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Over 2,700 people have signed the petition! School Board meeting Tuesday Please support the class action civil rights lawsuit Stage set for State takeover Message from the editor 1) Petition for state oversight

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12-30-12

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Over 2000 people have signed the petition! Please support the class action civil rights lawsuit End of year message from Power of Ten 1) Petition for state oversight of East Ramapo now over

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Donate

DONATE TO HELP THE LAWSUIT Advocates for Justice is helping parents, students and community members to immediately and significantly improve the quality of public education offered in the East Ramapo Central School District.  Unfortunately, the schools have been in decline; they

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12-23-12

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Petition for state oversight of East Ramapo is on Fire Community View: Gov. Cuomo fails to help East Ramapo State to East Ramapo: Special-ed violations continue Law stymies savings if district cuts kindergarten

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12-20-2012

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Community Rally preserves Kindergarten, Arts programs (for now) Your Help Needed: Petition Drive to appoint an oversight monitor Please support the class action civil rights lawsuit Media Coverage 1) Community Rally preserves Kindergarten,

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12-15-12

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Another Board Meeting Change Newsday reports on letter from NYSED to East Ramapo Please support the class action civil rights lawsuit Are Art and Music required? Message from the editor 1) Latest changes:

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12-13-12

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Urgent: Kindergarten on Chopping Block Call in Radio Show Friday AM Please support the class action civil rights lawsuit   1) Urgent: Kindergarten may be cut; please come to RAMAPO HIGH SCHOOL TUESDAY NIGHT The school

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12-9-12

Power of Ten Update Video of Feb 4 Board Meeting Advocates for Justice Fall Awards Ceremony 1) Video of Feb 4 Board meeting East Ramapo students talk to the board about the effect mid-year cuts would have on education: http://youtu.be/fvZO0eJRzSc

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11-19-12

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Advocates for Justice Fall Awards Ceremony Urgent: Your contribution is needed! How to stay informed Message from the editor 1) Advocates for Justice Fall Awards Ceremony Features East Ramapo Alumni, Honors Alumni Activist

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Facts about East Ramapo

The following are information gathered through years of activism and advocacy. All information is to the best of our knowledge accurate, and sourced when possible. 1. Harm to Public Education: Fact: East Ramapo was once one of the most respected

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8-27-12

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Student Demonstration Highlights Legal Action! School Board President Runs Afoul of Public Meeting Laws! What YOU can do to be part of the action! Message from the editor 1) Student Demonstration Highlights Legal

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8-19-12

Power of Ten Update Your personal invitation: I would like to begin this issue of the Power of Ten update with a special message for each of you. We have arrived at a point where our cause is being heard

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8-17-12

Power of Ten Update Special Edition: The New York-based public interest law firm Advocates for Justice, on behalf of 167 East Ramapo parents and community members, has filed a class action lawsuitseeking monetary damages from school board members and some district

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Class Action Lawsuit

Advocates for Justice, a New York based public interest law firm, has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of East Ramapo School District parents and students seeking monetary damages from some school board members, district officials and contractors. They allege

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7-31-12

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: Governor Cuomo Vetoes S7722! East Ramapo Parents: 5 on School Board Must Go! What YOU can do to be part of the action! 1) Governor Cuomo Vetoes S7722: Governor Cuomo has vetoed S7722,

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7-29-12

Power of Ten Update In this Issue: East Ramapo Parents: 5 on School Board Must Go! Petition Deadline is Midnight Monday! What YOU can do to be part of the action! 1) “Advocates for Justice” file appeal to remove 5

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5 on School Board Must Go!

The New York-based public interest law firm Advocates for Justice, on behalf of 14 East Ramapo parents and community members, said it is calling for the removal of five board members and the appointment of a state monitor to oversee

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7-20-12

Power of Ten Update Urgent: Action Needed Now! In a previous update, it was reported that NYSED found the East Ramapo district to be in violation of regulations pertaining to placement of special education students. A new law has been

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6-25-12

Power of Ten Update In this edition: Budget passes by 3-1 margin Superintendent Klein lays off legendary marching band director, Nyack snaps him up NY State looks to roll back the clock on school desegregation  Spring Valley Senior Class President

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6-18-12

Power of Ten Update In this edition: Marching Band Director leads list of massive layoffs! How much did district pay for sending kids to private school? Budget vote on June 19 Town Hall Meeting at CEJJES Institute Message from the

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Enrollment is Up

In 2008 East Ramapo began talking about closing schools.  There was a lot of pressure from the Haredi community to close public schools to make way for Yeshivas, as documented in the Journal News: In a letter to the town

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6-12-12

Power of Ten Update In this edition: Attorney general probing East Ramapo real estate dealings Notice of Non-compliance from NY State Education Dept. East Ramapo Underground Radio is back! Town Hall Meeting at CEJJES Institute Budget vote on June 19

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6-4-12

Power of Ten Update Calling all letter writers! There were FOUR excellent letters published in the Journal News this week: Questions about East Ramapo vote Demand better in East Ramapo Blame East Ramapo school board’s indifference, not teachers, for woes

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Voter Turnout

How often have you heard someone say “The problem is, East Ramapo parents don’t vote!”  Former school board president (now a convicted felon) Nathan Rothschild put it this way:  “If you don’t get up and vote, then you deserve what you get.”

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Teacher Salaries

One of the Big Lies published by the supporters of the Haredi School Board is that teachers in East Ramapo have been getting exorbitant raises and refuse to bargain.  Data from NYSED tells a very different story.  East Ramapo teachers

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About

The Power of Ten is organized to advocate for the rights of the children who attend the public schools in East Ramapo. These rights include an educational experience that prepares them for college and for the job market; an experience

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5-26-12

Power of Ten Update In this edition: Call for info on voting problems CBS Channel 2 News Coverage PIX Channel 11 News coverage Radio call in opportunity Tuesday 1. Call for info on voting problems at the May 15 election

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5-18-12

Power of Ten Update In this edition: Thank you to all who helped News Coverage of the election Forum on Testing Tuesday 2012 Election Analysis 1. Thank you to all who helped Thank you to everyone who made a call,

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5-10-12

Power of Ten Update In this edition: Emergency Budget Meeting TODAY at Ramapo High School regarding school safety Neighbor to Neighbor program celebrates public AND private school talent! How to help with the May 15 election Message from the editor

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5-3-12

Power of Ten Update In this edition: Rally TODAY at Ramapo High School regarding school safety Nyack group organizes to restore education funding How to help with the May 15 election Message from the editor 1)Rally TODAY at Ramapo HS

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4-24-12

Power of Ten Update In this edition: Students take the lead in the struggle for quality education Concerned Citizens of East Ramapo on Facebook Forum on the Future of Educational Assessment Thursday How to help with the May 15 election

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4-16-12

Power of Ten Update In this edition: Video Highlights from the last school board meeting Concerned Citizen’s fundraiser Tuesday Radio show “East Ramapo Underground” update 1) Video Highlights from the last school board meeting Here are the videos from the

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4-8-12

Power of Ten Update In this edition: Students refuse to participate in Dr. Klein’s “Community Forum” charade Concerned Citizens of East Ramapo to hold campaign kickoff at RCC Rockland Community College to Hold Public Forums on the Future of Educational

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4-2-12

Power of Ten Update Special edition: Announcing a new group! The Concerned Citizens of East Ramapo is a new group which has formed and endorsed a slate of candidates for the East Ramapo School Board who are committed to putting

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3-27-12

Power of Ten Update In this edition: Video Highlights from Last week’s meeting ‘Budget Forum’ Wednesday March 28 Martin Luther King Center Fundraiser Radio show “East Ramapo Underground” update 1) Video Highlights from Last week’s meeting The videos from the

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3-19-12

Power of Ten Update In this edition: Students plead for mercy from school board Next board meeting is Wednesday March 21 Rockland Community College to Hold Public Forums on the Future of Educational Assessment New Radio show “East Ramapo Underground”

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1-8-12

In This Issue: Next School Board Meeting Wednesday, January 18, 2012 105 S. Madison Ave, Spring Valley 7:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Celebration Monday, January 16, 2012 Ramapo High School Auditorium 4:30 p.m. Find out more: http://www.martinlutherking-mpc.org/subpage.cfm?tbl=4&ID=71 Event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/256726381059066/ New

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Dear Neighbor, May 17th, 2011 is a very important day for all residents and especially for the children who attend East Ramapo Schools. On that day all registered voters must go to the polls to vote on the budget and

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Press

Special Reports: www.lohud.com/eastramapo Articles: Rancor Where Private School Parents Make Public School Decisions (NY Times – 4/25/2009) NYTimes: Board’s Hiring Sets Off a School War (New York Times – 12/6/2009) School Fight Gets Heated (WSJ – 2011) New York Magazine Article: Them and

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