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Carlucci Backs Monitors' Suggestion For Veto Power Over East Ramapo Schools

Sen. David Carlucci
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CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- Sen. David Carlucci (D-New City), reacting to a just-released report, has vowed to fight for state monitors to have veto powers over the troubled East Ramapo Central School District.

The report, presented to the state Board of Regents in Albany on Monday, contained 19 recommendations, according to Carlucci’s communications director, Justin Devendorf.

The most controversial of these -- that state monitors be given veto powers -- faces an "uphill battle" in the state Senate, Devendorf said.

In a statement, Carlucci thanked monitors Dennis Walcott, Monica George-Fields, and John Sipple “for their hard work over the past 17 weeks looking at the problems facing East Ramapo.”

The team, led by Walcott, a former New York City schools chancellor was formed by the state education commissioner earlier this year to examine the district, according to media reports.

Among their recommendations is that there should be an independent monitor for school board elections, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Calling the report “an important step in turning our district around,” Carlucci promised to push for “needed change.”

He said he and colleagues will work to implement the recommendations, including installing monitors with “override power.”

Carlucci called on state education officials, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, monitors, and East Ramapo students, parents, and teachers to “make their voices heard.”

“We must continue our advocacy so that every child gets the best education they deserve and move our district in the right direction," the senator said.

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