Friday, September 2, 2016

Lakewood private busing- what to know for next week

From an interview with TVOL


12 comments:

  1. Curious:

    Are students from different yeshivot schools combined on a bus, or is each bus restricted to one yeshivah school?

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  2. Parents will have to pay and contribute to the costs of courtesy busing.

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  3. The township committee is paying 2 million dollars to bus public school children not eligible for mandated busing. No such courtesy for kids going to private schools.

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  4. http://www.app.com/story/news/education/in-our-schools/2016/09/01/lakewood-busing-private-consortium/89654944/

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    1. The dollars awarded to the Yeshivas are supposed to cover that cost also. It is predicated on the assumption that the Yeshivas can do more for less. It should be noted that many yeshivas in New York are doing just that, taking money from the gov't to cover busing and doing more for less.

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  5. is this even legal that private school have to pay and not public school

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  6. Why should I have to pay 3 times for busing?!?!
    Once in taxes to pay for the mandated bussing kids. Second on the township part of taxes to pay for the public school kids courtesy and third out of pocket to pay to the consortium!?!
    Let them average out the extra money needed amongst all the parents.

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  7. In exchange for being given control of 7.5 million dollars in required mandated busung funds from the state our "askanim" somehow circumvented the will of the people and gave courtesy busing to the public schools. We had a vote whether we should raise taxes for courtesy busing 98 percent of Lakewood voted against courtesy busing,yet somehow we are now paying for public school courtesy busing and will be paying out of pocket for our private schools. And the worst part is that the "askanim" are patting themselves on the back for a job well done.

    So. here is a more realistic list of answers to questions you may have regarding busing.

    My child is a mandated busing child, will we receive busing this year? Yes, but we doubt it will be sorted out when and where and how. Please be patient and hopefully all will be running smoothly by Channukah time. If a bus company doesn't pick up your route you will receive a payment in lieu, but don't hold your breath for that check to come in a timely manner, you may have to hound us for it.
    My child is non-mandated, will we have busing this year? Hopefully, but it is not guaranteed unless you are in public school in which case your bus is paid for by the unwilling taxpayers. It is more likely that you will not pay for busing if you go to the schools that control the busing consortium.

    Will busing start on the first day of school? Well if we left it to the state it would have .But we know you dont mind the inconvenience so that a few people can control the busing money for themselves.
    Should I expect any changes from last year? Well you nkmay have to walk further to a combined bus stop. For some of you this walk may be so far that you will want to drive to the stop.You may also notice your child coming home in tears after sitting on a bus for over an hour since the routes will need to be extended to save money to pay for our own schools courtesy busing.
    Thank you for your patience and helping us help ourselves.

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    1. Well said. Couldn't have said it better myself.

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    2. Isn't it interesting how all of a sudden it is OK to combine routes and stops, when last year the Vaad was against it

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  8. I honestly believe this is going to be a disaster. And now bussing will be delayed and less stops with more walking.

    We should have left things as is and be like every other frum community outside Lakewood; parents pay for courtesy busing if they want it.

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