Barbs of racism, anti-Semitism in NY school clash

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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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