Commentary on today’s news and opinion, from readers and newsmakers.
East Ramapo parents and community members asking the state education commissioner to remove Orthodox and Hasidic board members have ignited a debate on LoHud.com over election and school spending laws:
“We need to reform the law/reg that allows them to ‘send their children to private schools within the public district and receive text books, transportation, special education and other services provided by the district.’ Private schools should use the tuition paid to them to provide these services.”
— Carlos Barbosa
“Obvious solution: If your child does not attend East Ramapo, you cannot serve on the Board of Education of East Ramapo. How is this not a stipulation for being elected in this district?”
— Lisa Marie Bryan
“Why would that be a stipulation? This would mean that the vast majority of people, including those with grown-up children, retirees, single people, etc. wouldn’t be represented in the way that money was spent where they lived.”
— Blaine Fiedler
“You and others are advocating taxation without representation. You’re more than happy to take our money as long as we don’t have a say in how you spend it. Sounds more like communism than democracy.”
— Mordechai Levine
More comments on Wednesday’s story.
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