The Orthodox Jewish Battle Over a N.Y. School System

Tensions over the Rockland County schools mirror tensions in the handful of cities and towns across the country, where expanding Orthodox communities have chafed with locals.

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The battle between a New York Orthodox Jewish community and its neighbors over the local public school system took a drastic turn in late April as the school boards Orthodox president resigned amid corruption allegations, and a federal official confirmed a civil rights investigation into the district.

While the corruption allegations against the board president relate to his alleged conduct in another elected office, the rapid-fire developments come after months of growing tensions between the Orthodox-dominated board of Rockland Countys East Ramapo Central School District and the districts non-Orthodox residents.

Rockland County school board’s Orthodox Vice President Aron Wieder. Credit: Courtesy of The Forward and Aron Wieder.

The latest revelations come as the board begins again to consider selling a public school building presently being leased to two Orthodox yeshivas.

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