Friday, September 2, 2016

$150 per child for courtesy busing, public school kids free busing

Lakewood parents of kids in private schools are going to pay $150 per child for non mandated courtesy busing. Public school children won't pay anything for courtesy busing and Lakewood township is paying $2 million toward their courtesy busing. The private consortium is short $1 Million. Lakewood tax payers voted in a referendum not to use tax dollars for courtesy busing.  The township should cover the shortfall for private schools too. Read latest update in APP

17 comments:

  1. It's illegal for the township to provide free busing for public school kids without giving non public children schools the same funding. The township should pay across the board.

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    1. It may not be fair bit it's legal.

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    2. It's illegal. The township is discriminating by only funding courtesy bussing for public school students while not providing the same for private schools.

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    3. Our taxes are from the highest in the nation and not only are we paying for mandated busing we are now paying 2 million for non mandated busing and still have to pay for courtesy buding. we should storm town hall until we get funding.

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    4. You think it should be illegal because they are discriminating. Most people who have children in private schools obviously agree with you. Nevertheless that doesn't make it illegal. As of now the law only obligates them to supply bussing to public schools or private schools under very specific regulations which no one can adhere to. So until someone brings them to court and gets an official ruling that what they are doing is in fact illegal (which might happen one day) they are not breaking any laws.

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  2. $150 per child is not alot it's actually a bargain. The alternative we old be to pay $600 Per student.

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  3. Only The Large MOSDOS were allowed to bid on busses . The smaller mosdos will not have any busses

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  4. Call committeeman meir Lichtenstein he is the liason for the boe. The township committee is giving 2 million bucks of tax payer money to fund courtesy buying for public school kids. The tax paying residents who send to private schools are not getting a penny from the township. They must pay out of pocket to the consortium of private busing.

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  5. Chutzpah!!!!!
    Once again a few self appointed askanim abuse the koach hatzibur for their personal gain. The igud called roshei mosdos to vote in their candidates for the board. No representative for the parents of private schools. The members are all roshei mosdos or puppets of them. If the township has extra money let them reduce taxes or sponsor courtesy bussing for All children in Lakewood.

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    1. I agree with this Hutzpa!!!! The positive side of all of this is that now the broader Lakewood residents are getting a clean education in Lakewood politics.
      No longer will the orthodox community vote blindly.

      what good is a block vote when it doesn't render any good.

      A Lakewood Senior

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  6. Charging the parets of courtesy students fall under the subscription busing statute. Any family that qualifies for free and reduced lunch cannot be charged any monies for subscription busing. Therefore, charging parents of courtesy students accross the board is indeed illeagal.

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  7. What does lunch have to do with busing.
    Plesse go back to school

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    1. Read paragraph F. in aaTitle 6A:27-1.5 of the NJ administrative code.

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    2. (f) Students who are unable to pay because of financial hardship may not be excluded from
      receiving services described under this section. The criteria used to determine financial
      hardship shall be the same as the Statewide eligibility standards established for free and
      reduced-price meals under the State school lunch program.

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    3. Courtesy busing was cut out of the budget. Nobody is entitled to it at all under the law. Period. Now if the consortium has extra money they can try to use that towards whatever additional busing they can find money for , but if there is not enough ,then they have to charge. These are not services that anybody is entitled to so that paragraph does not apply

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  8. What's a bigger scam this or bogo

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  9. The sad thing is in 3 yrs there is very little chance this will be renewed and the 2 million the twnship is paying for busing the public school children could have been spent on rd improvements which are desperately needed and is the only real long term solution.
    Add this to the free trash pickup 1.5+2 million = 3.5 million that equals 5% of the township budget (70 mil). Imagine everyone in lakewood can get a 5% rebate on their municipal taxes if these 2 items were cut from the budget.

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