534: A Not-So-Simple Majority

534: A Not-So-Simple Majority

Sep 12, 2014
We take it for granted that the majority calls the shots. But in one NY school district, that idea — majority rules — has led to an all-out war. School board disputes are pretty common, but not like this one. This involves multimillion-dollar land deals, lawyers threatening to beat up parents, felony criminal charges, and the highest levels of state government. Meanwhile, the students are caught in the middle.
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  • Producer Ben Calhoun talks about how the truce in East Ramapo fell apart, and plumbs the depths of the neighbor-vs-neighbor political war that emerged. Also, we learn that it can, in fact, be a massive deal when you change lawyers — at least when you're a school board. (25 minutes)

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