Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lakewood students go to Trenton but can't protest in front of DOE building

 NJ.com A dozen yellow school buses made the 45-minute trip from Lakewood High School to an empty lot where Trenton Thunder fans park for baseball games. More than 350 Lakewood school students, armed with signs that read "No More Loans" and "Minority Students Have Rights Too," shuffled off the buses single file to protest what they say is inadequate funding from the state.  

The intended destination for the protest was the front of the state Department of Education building. But Sen. Robert Singer (R-Ocean) said there was a last-minute scramble after DOE officials told school administrators the landlord who owns the DOE building on Riverview Plaza received complaints from other tenants about the protests. As an alternate site, Singer said the district moved the students a mile away to the parking lot of the arena where the Thunder play baseball. Owners of the Lakewood Blue Claws minor league baseball team also
have an ownership stake in the Trenton Thunder and allowed the students to use its parking lot for the protest, Singer said.

A spokesman for the state Department of Education, David Saenz, said DOE officials were "willing to accommodate" the students but that it was the district's decision to have the kids in the Thunder parking lot.

14 comments:

  1. Thats a bs excuse. Since when do tenant of a building get to dictate the rights of free speech on a public street with a permit?
    Something smells real bad here

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  2. Thats a bs excuse. Since when do tenant of a building get to dictate the rights of free speech on a public street with a permit?
    Something smells real bad here

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  3. Harold HerskowitzMay 18, 2017 at 6:56 AM

    This is exactly how Bob Singer has represented us for all these years. He has brushed our best interests under the rug in order to enrich himself and his close friends . How ironic that he used a trenton thunder basebqll stadium to host the protest. Please make sure to vote for anyone opposing him in his upcoming election. He should have made our town an abbot district 30 years ago. Our taxes would be half of what they are now.

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  4. Harold HerskowitzMay 18, 2017 at 7:31 AM

    You know? The more that i think abot this , the more disgusted i am of Bob Singer. Our children's education is suffering. All our children. We are being taxed out of our homes and he leaves these kids to protest in an open field where nobody can hear their voices.
    He moved to a beach town. He doesn't even live in lakeeood anymore. I propose that the school administration plan a field trip to his home in his quiet beach town, and protest there.
    He might not be home. I heard he was busy naming a park bench after somebody. Singer needs to go. Let's back whoever is opposing him.

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    1. Harold - you will have the support of lot of neighboring towns too, as they see him serving the same corrupt special interests we do.

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  5. The BOE couldn't afford $10 for the protest permit. Michael only paid for busing.

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    1. Our town just announced they have a $29 Million surplus. Surely we could use that to help All our children and still have surplus left over. We can't demand the state for extra help when we can do it our our own.

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    2. So ridiculous. Municipsl taxes are not supposed to be used for school taxes. The formula is broken and gives Asbury Park 35,000 per student to build million dollar gym facilities and aquatic centers while Lakewood gets less than half of what the students need to learn.

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    3. Yes, the Abbott ruling that gives Asbury and other town so much from state funding is severely flawed. It does not give better education, but only creates resentment and should be outright abolished.

      It is not so ridiculous. In times of need we must not look at what the money was intended for, but what good it can do for everyone. Lower the municipal rate and raise the school's so it is even. This will help the bucket sorting of taxes in the future.

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    4. It is rudiculous for the simple reason that the school deficit will grow every yearmuch,mire than we can tax ourselves. We can't tax ourselves out of the deficit that the flawed formula us causing. The way it us now ,at least the State feels the heat for the deficit. Your wsy would take that responsibility off the state. I feel that is ridiculous.

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    5. I think I understand. They should stop Abbott funding, so that towns like Asbury get the same as we do in Lakewood. It is all equal then and the formula is fixed.

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  6. Why didn't they protest in front of the State House?

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  7. I agree with the first comment on here. Complete B.S.

    Seems like singer co-opted, the undermined the protest.

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  8. So Inzelbuch paid for the buses to protest, and Singer made sure that protest happened in a closet. What am I missing?

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