Disturbing news involving a local school district leads to Cuomo sternly eyeballing Commissioner King about whats been going on:
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Friday that he had directed the New York State Police and the State Division of Human Rights to investigate allegations of anti-Semitic harassment of children in the Pine Bush Central School District.
“The public has a right to know the truth,” he added, “and parents across the state have the right to know that their children can attend our schools without fear of this reprehensible behavior.”
Mr. Cuomo also released a letter that he had sent to the state education commissioner, John B. King Jr., asking what, if anything, the agency knew about the situation in the Pine Bush district, and what it might have done to address it.
The State Education Department responded that it “only today” became aware of the allegations of anti-Semitic harassment, that it would cooperate with the investigations and that it was working to “determine an immediate course of action to protect students and ensure that all students can attend Pine Bush without fear of harassment or physical attack.”
Mr. Cuomo, in his letter to Commissioner King, said he expected the Education Department “to be forthcoming to parents” about its knowledge of the allegations in the Pine Bush district and what steps had been taken to ensure that “students of Jewish origin can attend their school without being subject to anti-Semitic attacks.”
The school district serves 5,600 children from Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties. In the 1970s, Pine Bush was the home of the grand dragon of a Ku Klux Klan chapter, whose wife sat on the Pine Bush school board.