Thursday, September 8, 2016

Lakewood BOE should have to pay for courtesy busing of private schools just as it did for public school non mandated students

NJ bill 3652 was established for Lakewood non public mandated busing. The consortium has no responsibility for non mandated students known as courtesy busing. The bill allows the consortium to use unspent money as quoted in the bill: 
"Establishes three-year nonpublic school pupil transportation pilot program in Lakewood School District to provide funding to consortium of nonpublic schools that will assume responsibility for district's mandated nonpublic school busing. "If after providing the required pupil transportation any of the disbursed funds remain unspent, the consortium, as it deems appropriate, may provide courtesy busing to pupils who are residents of the eligible district and are attending the nonpublic schools of the consortium."
The Lakewood Township committee gave 2 million dollars from the municipal budget to the Lakewood school district BOE and paid for non mandated courtesy busing for all public school students. By doing say they took responsibility to pay for courtesy busing and legally can not discriminate and must pay the same for students in the Lakewood private schools. The private school students who are not mandated are not under the control of the LSTA consortium. Parents of private chools should not have to pay out of pocket $150 per child when the Lakewood school district is paying the courtesy busing costs for non mandated public school students.


17 comments:

  1. Like good democrats, our committee members are buying new minority future voters.....as their base wises up to their shenanigans (and hopefully stops voting for the Arbah Bonim) these lifetime politicians are looking for new block voters, knowing of course that as anchor babies they'll be eligible to vote. So in good Democrat fashion they're giving them free "stuff", thus ensuring lifelong democrat voters. Very smart.
    Agav, which is exactly why all the freeloaders are terrified of our next President, Donald J Trump.

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  2. In your article you seem to be go8ng back and forth between the BOE and the Lakewood Township Municipality.
    Please understand these are two different entities and although thwy are both funded in part by the lacal taxpayer they both maintain individual budgets and are governed by different set of rules. To that, I want to point out that the obligation of courtesy busing falls under the jurisdiction of the Township Municipality and not the BOE. The obligation to the Township comes from a State statute that says, it is the local municipality's obligation to ensure safe passage from home to school. Now that may not necessarily mean that it must provide busing (although that may in some cases be the most practical solution) it can ensure safe passage by providing crossing guards and sidewalks as well as public transportation. If the Municipality decides that it will provide busing to fulfill its obligation, it may charge for it under the "subscription busing statute".
    Here is where we run into a problem. When the township provides busing to part of the courtesy student population but fails to address its obligation of "safe passage" to the rest of the courtesy student population.

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  3. The Boe made the routes and included the non mandated public school students. They took responsibility to provide courtesy busing. The township paid the boe but the boe is responsible for the busing of non mandated students of public school not the township. The township never passed any resolution assuming that responsibility.

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    1. The township doesn't have to pass a resolution to assume the responsibilities of courtesy students. The responsibility is handed to them by the State. The BOE can help them with relief by providing busing to some or all students,as it has done in the past, but it does not absolve the Township of their obligation whatsoever.

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  4. The obligation is that of the BOE once they paid for the public dchool kids. Eventually the township will pay the BOE one million to cover the cost of courtesy for private students.

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  5. The Lakewood cheder did NOT charge their parent body the $150 why? do they believe its Illegal?
    Kanarek schools charged parents.

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  6. There is talk about taking the new LSTA consortium to a din torah and /or possibly getting heter arkaos for a lawsuit. There is no reason that private school courtesy students need to pay out of pocket to fund the public school courtesy students. There should be equal burden.
    Curious to sample interest. If you would join a class action lawsuit against LSTA type ME below.

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    1. Stoop hocking. Go to the next township meeting next Thursday and ask Mayor Miller why the township is not paying courtesy busing for private schools. Than go to the next BOE meeting and ask the state monitor why only public school students are getting free courtesy busing.

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    2. Me and the rest of my family

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    1. ME on behalf of of the igud, Shlomo Rechnitz and Rabbi Shankalavsky with approval of the Rosh Yeshiva

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  8. It sounds like we were tricked by Singer, Kean and Rible. Vote them out too, time to retake our town, top to bottom.

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    1. They were tricked and bluffed by the askanim who approached them. The politicians were sincere in trying to help the community.

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  9. What do you want to happen that the whole thing should be canceled and that there should be no busing for anyone?

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