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What was Judi Bosworth thinking?
Barely a week into her tenure as North Hempstead Town supervisor, Bosworth chose Kim Kaiman, the wife of her predecessor, fellow Democrat Jon Kaiman, to head the town agency charged with attracting business and tourism to North Hempstead.
Kim Kaiman did not emerge victorious from a field of qualified candidates. There were no others. The job apparently...Read more »
So, no surprises — the town boards in Hempstead and North Hempstead approved salary increases for themselves and some other elected officials. The votes came after public hearings during their respective meetings Tuesday, after some residents in each town expressed disapproval.
The issue, as we’ve said before, was not the size of the raises or whether they were deserved. It was a question...Read more »
Here we go again.
Another Long Island town is considering salary increases for elected officials — a month after the 2013 elections. Hempstead Town proposed last week to increase salaries for Supervisor Kate Murray and the other six town board members.
Newsday’s editorial board on Monday criticized a similar move in North Hempstead to give raises to the same seven positions in that town....Read more »
The latest plot development in the sad, decades-long saga of Hempstead schools shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Carlos Ramirez, the former director of technology who exposed the district’s grade-inflation policy in June, announced Monday that he plans to sue the school system for wrongful termination.
The Hempstead school board voted 3-1 Thursday to fire Ramirez. But officials at the meeting...Read more »
In a functioning district, the school board would at least try to explain the decision-making process that led to institutionalized grade inflation and a typo-ridden summer reading list.
But this wasn’t a functioning school district. This was Hempstead.
About 75 people watched as the board, led by district autocrat Betty Cross, voted 3-1 to fire Carlos Ramirez, the director of technology...Read more »
School districts rife with controversy need the sort of honesty displayed by Carlos Ramirez, who exposed Hempstead school district’s grade-inflation policy last month.
But that honesty isn’t sitting well with district administrators. They’ve since gone on the defensive for Hempstead’s decades-old policy of automatically rounding up failing final grades of 63 and 64 to passing marks of 65 for...Read more »