From Dr. John J. Ramos Sr., Superintendent of the South Orange-Maplewood School District:
SOMSD has been in the press over the past few days after Speaker of the House Congressman Paul Ryan posted a picture of himself with a group of South Orange Middle School 8th grade students who were on a field trip to Washington D.C.
Some students chose to participate in the photo on the steps of the Capitol, and others chose not to participate and waited quietly across the street with an administrator until the photo op concluded.
While we should all respectfully and appropriately acknowledge those in authority, taking a conscientious position about a photo op is within our constitutional right. We are proud of all of our students, who exercised their rights and chose whether or not to participate for their own individual reasons.
It seems that our collective focus needs to be on more substantive issues, such as the proposed budget and various matters that are silently unfolding.
Dr. John J. Ramos, Sr.