A federal judge dismissed some claims but allowed the most important ones to go to court in a fascinating lawsuit over the use of public funds in East Ramapo, New York in private Jewish Yeshiva schools in the city. It’s a class action suit filed by 394 parents and students in the public school there.
The lawsuit can now confront several of the most divisive issues in East Ramapo, including the placement of Hasidic and other Orthodox students in private special-education schools at public expense, the alleged purchase of religious textbooks for private schools, and whether the school board tried to sell two schools at below-market rates.
She also allowed the lawsuit to look at whether the school board hired Long Island-based lawyer Albert D’Agostino in 2009 as part of a conspiracy to place special-education students in private schools in a manner that forfeits state reimbursements.
The allegations “suffice, at this stage, to show, at least plausibly, a tacit agreement,” Seibel said.
The plaintiffs allege that those funds were used to by religious textbooks for the Yeshiva and much more. Should be fascinating to see this case play out.