Parents to Albany: You WILL Fix This!

Power of Ten Update

In This Issue:

1. 2016 Candidates Forum January 28
2. StrongER Gets Albany Attention
3. Parents Sue NY State For Education Runaround
4. Children’s Legislative Forum Feb 5

1) 2016 Candidates Forum

What: 2016 School Board Candidates Forum
Where: Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center, 110 Bethune Blvd, Spring Valley, NY 10977
When: Thursday January 28 at 7:00 PM

Its time to start thinking about the May school board and budget vote! Last year’s candidates have maintained a presence on social media to give this year’s candidates a head start. You can help by encouraging others to think about becoming candidates for school board. Or maybe you might be interested yourself?

Those who wish to run this year should fill in this google form.

The purpose of the forum is to discuss the issues concerning the quality education in our district, and to give those who would like to run for school board in 2016 an opportunity to present themselves to the community. 

2) StrongER Gets Albany Attention

Politico NY, “the essential news source for and about the most powerful people in New York”, reported that about 100 parents and supporters traveled to Albany to advocate for a monitor with veto power for East Ramapo, putting East Ramapo in the top tier of advocacy issues at the State of the State event! The event was also covered by our own News 12.

We now need to reach all of the New York State Senators, and you can help:

Think of the people (friends, relatives, contacts) who live in New York State.  Send a message to them, pointing them to, where they can very easily support us by just clicking on the link for their Senator. 

Here is a sample note that you can send to your friends:

Dear Friends,

As you may know, there’s a big injustice happening in the East Ramapo School District. The board has slashed services to the public schools and diverted funding to the exclusive private schools where their own children attend. Two different studies and four different experts have come to the same conclusion: the state needs to appoint a monitor who can reverse the decisions of this board when they are not in the best interests of the public school students. We need to pass a statewide bill in the Legislature to make this local change possible.

I am volunteering to help address this issue, and  I ask you to take just one moment to visit, and send a message to your State Senator, indicating that you stand in solidarity with me and the children attending public school.

Thanks so much.

3. Parents to NY State: Stop Passing the Buck!

East Ramapo Parents are sick and tired of getting the runaround from NY State Education Dept. The have filed a lawsuit to force the state to intervene in the governance of the district. The parents are represented pro bono by Brad Elias of O’Melveny & Myers, and David G. Sciarra and Wendy Lecker of Education Law Center.

4. Children’s Legislative Forum

Child Care Resources of Rockland, Inc., in conjunction with the Rockland Children’s Advocacy Network and its members, host a Children’s Legislative Forum every year to discuss how families, children, youth and the early care and education community are faring in Rockland County.

The Behavioral Health Challenges for Children Birth to Five Years in Rockland County
Friday, February 5, 2016
8:00 am-10:00 am | Breakfast: 7:30 am – Register now

Rockland Community College
Technology Center ● Ellipse Room
145 College Road ● Suffern, NY 10901

Please RSVP: 845.425.0009 x0 |