Monday, February 8, 2016

Lawyer to plead courtesy busing case

 A Lawyer was retained to plead the case to continue courtesy busing at least to the end of the year. First,  the state committed to provide busing so long as the district committed to staggering times and other parts of the deal. The BOE did their part and the contracts signed, were to be for the rest of the year. In addition, a state monitor may not have a right to override a democratically elected school board under the clause of  no taxation without representation. Safety concerns may also play a roll as a judge may issue an injunction. Courtesy busing cuts expected in 2 weeks hold on for the ride.


  1. I am not sure what the argument for "taxation without representation" can be. that is a federal law which requires all taxes to be set by the house of representatives, who represent the people. It doesn't regulate state taxes.

    If the court issues an injuction, that would require the school board to provide the service, but wouldn't require the state to pay. To do so, would require winning an actual law suit against the State.

    Even if the injunction is successful, the end result may be that the local taxpayer, who voted this down overwhelmingly, would be stuck with the bill.

  2. If in surrounding towns in NJ the democratically elected school board makes the decisions than a self appointed state monitor is unconstitutional. By removing him the power would be given back to the BOE. Then they have the right to decide which non mandated programs to cut. They did not approve of the raise for teachers when there was no money. They can override all the monitors spending and find funding for what they feel is right.

  3. @Joe -Assuming an injunction is ordered and the monitors powers are reduced, the BOE can choose to eliminate all of the other non-mandatory projects and keep bussing

  4. It us very likely that even the public school parents would take transportation over after school sports. Many of these parents have no way to get their kids to school. Nobody in their right mind would let their 6 or 7 year old walk almost 2 miles to school.