Power of Ten Update

In this Issue:

  1. School Attorney Curses at Student
  2. Fundraiser March 30th
  3. Calling all Candidates
  4. Report of the Rally on March 5

1) School Attorney Curses at Student:

The attorney for the East Ramapo School District verbally attacked a student of the district using language which would be bleeped out on cable TV. The incident happened on school grounds on March 5, just after the school board walked out of the meeting to avoid a 15 minute “students corner” segment. This was not just the attorney using rough language, this was verbal abuse in the form of “You are a piece of (expletive deleted)!”

Several people witnessed the attack, including a reporter for New York Newsday.

Her report can be found here: East Ramapo schools attorney curses at student after board meeting

Video of the school board walking out rather than allowing 15 minutes of student comments: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBC_m-SSLnc

Complaints about the attorney’s behavior can be sent to: East Ramapo School Board c/o Cathy Russell CRUSSELL@ercsd.k12.ny.us and Superintendent Klein at JOKlein@ercsd.k12.ny.us

2) March 30th Fundraiser for Advocates for Justice:

Join the “Save Our Schools Coalition” for a fundraising event celebrating our fantastic students, and helping Advocates for Justice fight for civil rights and equality for East Ramapo. It will be a fun afternoon of auctioneering, guest speakers, food/beverages and musical entertainment. March 30 from 2 – 5 PM. Suggested Donation is $50.00. Donations to Advocates for Justice are tax deductible.

Please RSVP: http://new.evite.com/l/BEY76Q5OQP

3) Calling All Candidates:

The Board of Education election is fast approaching. There is a lot at stake for the public school students. As many of you know, there is a huge budget deficit that threatens the very foundation of education for every East Ramapo student. We need 3 candidates who are thoroughly familiar with all issues facing the district. The East Ramapo Stakeholders for Public Education has experience in assisting candidates in forming a unified campaign and platform based on community concerns; as well as providing voter information, coordinating volunteers, and fundraising for school board candidates.

If you or someone you know is considering running for school board, please have a look at the candidate questionnaire at: http://poweroften.us/about/candidate-questionnaire/

Please send your answers to: steve@poweroften.us by Friday, March 15. There will be a meeting of all those interested ASAP after Friday.

4) Report of Rally

Over 120 Students and Parents rallied outside the district offices on Tuesday, March 5, in response to announcements at school that graduation would be changed.

Here are photos:


And video:


Justice is coming to East Ramapo … and WE can make it happen!



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