Brooklyn, NY – A Midwood lawmaker who ruffled some in the Jewish community by comparing budget cuts to the public school system in East Ramapo to slavery defended her stance, saying that she meant to illustrate how it is the civil rights issue of the day.
Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, a Democrat representing a heavily Jewish area of Midwood, responded in an email to a Hamodia article Wednesday about her remarks.
“My comments were not a comparison,” she said, “rather illustrating how laws are changed as time is changed. What was required then to make a child’s education complete is different now.”
Bichotte, a Haitian-American freshman lawmaker, said that cutting English as a Second Language classes, kindergarten, summer school and art and music classes “is a disenfranchisement that will not only impede on a child’s ability to excel but [impedes] that child from its fullest potential in life.” Read more here.