Thursday, August 11, 2016

TVOL reports on the Busing Breakthrough


16 comments:

  1. Is that Picture real? it looks like a photshop.

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  2. As usual they are patting themselves on the back before they actually did anything. When every kid has a bus that actually shows up, they can take some credit. Until then this is just a payoff so a few people have control of millions of dollars. Right now it's just a disaster waiting to happen. Parents should hold their breath .

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  3. Courtesy busing was no longer a viable option simply due to the massive and quick growth of Lakewood. What once was a small perk paid for by all taxpayers became an out of control cost footed mainly by our community. All courtesy busing, both for private and public children was no longer going to be an option. So here we are now. Our leaders that proudly smile on the cover of this magazine aren't telling you the whole story. A few large moisdos(notice Rabbi Kanarek in the picture) wanted to control the millions of dollars that the state gives for mandated(not courtesy) busing to the private schools. Their excuse was that they can lower costs for mandated busing and in turn provide courtesy busing with the leftover mandated money. In order to get this done they gave our tax dollars for public school courtesy busing. A few million dollars of our money being gambled in order for a few people(a consortium) to control public funds from the state that parents are entitled to whose children live more than 2 miles from school.
    This consortium believes that they can save enough money from mandated funds to provide courtesy busing for all lakewood private schools? There is only two ways that can happen. Either by asking parents that are entitled to free busing to pay extra for busing, or to provide less service, longer bus routes or simply tell many parents they cannot provide service at all.
    So as usual, just like so many other "deals" our leaders have made, they used the tax money of everyone so a few well connected people can benefit.
    And the saddest part is that Meir Lichtenstein and his friends once again are smiling on the cover of a magazine as we all get shafted.

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    1. Is there any oversight on this money being provided? Who has standing to sue if all gets shafted to someone's pocket? The parents or the state?

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    2. In a nutshell- the cat will watch over the milk

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  4. S.C.K knows how to keep his hands clean when the ....hits the fan, when it comes out great he's there to take credit "and capitalize with some more hand outs for him".

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  5. Those faces look pasted on the cover I would say definitely a photoshop job.

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  6. I read the article, sounds like a lot of hogwash to me, my taxes are gonna go up so public and private kids who live down the block can get free busing. If my school asks me to pay for busing, i will not be very happy.

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  7. Please also note that the people of Lakewood overwhelmingly voted to get rid of courtesy busing. 95 percent of us voted to scrap courtesy busing. But now against our votes, our leaders are providing courtesy busing to public school students. How is that legal? Once again it seems that the wishes of the many are ignored so a few well connected people may benefit. Can someone on here please explain what our vote was for? How are they allowed to continue paying for courtesy busing from taxpayer money for the public schools?

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  8. It's amazing they have no busha at all. The taavas hakavod is strong they must pladter their names and faces for all to see. Nevermind they created this mess in the first place. These same askanim asked us to vote for their candidates on the BOE it is their incompetence which we lost buying and brought the state monitor in. Now they take credit after it was their own doing that created the mess.

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  9. The cost for special ed busing such as schi is adtronomical. Some routes for one kid is over $1000 since they need trained nurses etc.. Is there no room to cut those expenses?

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    1. $1,000? it can be up to $20,000

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    2. $1000 per week in some cases its even more. Thats only for one student!!!!

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  10. Who is managing the new consortium busing office? If they can't provide busing to a student, who will pay the aid in lieu? If they can get done everything they say they will in less than a month, it will quite a feat.

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  11. Today's APP had a legal ad re. bidding for bussing of:

    Public school non-mandated busing
    NPSSP (Non-public supplemental service program) routes
    Special Needs Students

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  12. Finally some details. They realize it's not realistic that all the courtesy busing will paid for from the mandated funding.
    From the shopper:
    While courtesy busing can only be covered if the bids for mandated busing come in low enough to leave over enough money for it, Rabbi Schnall said that he believes there will be enough funds to cover courtesy busing.
    "It is possible that there might be a minimal charge to parents if we fall short," he explained. "But parents of courtesy busing children have to reaize that without this bill they'd either be doing carpool for hours a day or paying hundreds of dollars for transportation for every chid."

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