Barbs of racism, anti-Semitism in NY school clash
From left, East Ramapo School Board President Daniel Schwartz and board members Yehuda Weissmandl and Eliyahu Solomon attend a board meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Spring Valley, N.Y. Allegations of racism and anti-Semitism are afflicting the district, where the board is dominated by ultra-Orthodox Jews and the public school children are mostly black and Hispanic. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)
Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:00 am
SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) - School board meetings descend into shouting matches. Accusations of racism and anti-Semitism fly. Angry parents turn their backs on board members in a symbolic stand of disrespect.
Tension in a suburban New York school district is rooted in an unusual dynamic: The families who send their children to public schools are mostly Hispanic and African-American. The school board is almost entirely made up of ultra-Orthodox Jews who send their children to private schools and are bent on keeping taxes low.
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