Thursday, June 23, 2016

Legislature to vote on bill in Trenton

Update: bill passed. 
NJ S bill -2049  that will help fix the busing issues for lakewood was released from the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on June 16. The Assembly Appropriations Committee quickly followed by posting and releasing the Assembly version of the bill (A-3652) on June 20. Senate Bill 2049 is scheduled for a floor vote today, June 23.  The NJEA is opposing it.

8 comments:

  1. Interesting, it is possible that the the only students left without bussing are public students within the courtesy zone. As the bill allows funds remaining for mandated non-public bussing to be used for non-public courtesy bussing. To me it would make sense for money to go to public courtesy bussing after non-public mandated is covered. The public school students need the courtesy bussing more because the parents can not afford private school.

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    1. which is exactly what district officials have done. They cut off their nose to spite their face. The ones who lost out are the public school students. The busing threat was used as blackmail to force taxpayers to approve a tax increase. It backfired big time. Now let's have a public referendum on all non mandated programs. All after school programs all sporting programs. It should be up to the taxpayers to decide on these non mandated extra spending.

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    2. Would be interesting in that the many taxpayers directly affected by a referendum to cut spending can not legally vote for their citizen children.

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    3. The monitors made a decision to use use several million dollars for other public-school non-mandated programs instead of the safety busing for those same students. They can easily change that if they want to.

      Additionally, since the public education program is already being funded primarily by the private school families -- being the overwhelming majority of property tax payors in this town -- and there are virtually no other public education costs to those attending public school (including the costly but free after-school programs), I see no logical or moral grounds to oppose the relative pittance of funds being specifically used to pay for critical SAFETY busing for those students not burdening the public system. Unless, you're driven by bias.. but that's neither logical nor moral..

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    4. Hi Big Mike. Didn't take that long for you to fulfill Godwins Law. Though if you are going to repeat tired claims, including bias, you should remember that the public school students are almost entirely black and Latino and any action against those groups by default is prejudiced.

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  2. Yay! The bill just passed 22-8

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  3. Can you post the actual BILL? what does it say? how does it help us?

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  4. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2016/Bills/S2500/2049_S1.PDF

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