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Letter: LI educator savvy in Rockland?

Roosevelt School District Superintendent Dr. Deborah Wortham visits

Roosevelt School District Superintendent Dr. Deborah Wortham visits the Roosevelt Middle School and members of the school board in Roosevelt on June 4, 2013. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

The departing Roosevelt school district superintendent, Deborah Wortham, will need all of her Long Island savvy to solve the mess she's taking on in East Ramapo ["Roosevelt supe says goodbye," News, Oct. 9].

My peers and I -- a coalition of public school parents, taxpayers, clergy, civic organizations, alumni and local elected officials -- fought for a bill providing strong state oversight of the East Ramapo school district in Rockland County. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo endorsed the measure, which was a far milder approach than the 2002 state takeover in Roosevelt, but one that would restore integrity to a district in crisis.

The State Assembly passed the legislation in June, but Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) refused to bring it before his chamber for a vote. Without this bill, the school board can continue what former federal prosecutor Hank Greenberg concluded in his report to the Board of Regents: reckless mismanagement and favoritism toward private schools over public schools.

Andrew Mandel, Manhattan