State may ax private school transportation stipend By Matthew Albright, The News Journal
Private school parents are protesting a proposal to eliminate a stipend they get to help pay for transporting their kids to school, saying they pay taxes and deserve at least something from the state’s education budget.
Each year, lawmakers appropriate a certain amount for the subsidies, which is split up among however many applications parents submit. Parents can ask for more than one stipend if they have children going to more than one private school.
FYI in case anyone didn’t know, private schools are school “choice” schools as is homeschooling!
I am sure many of these parents don’t really need the money but the fact remains they pay school taxes. If these parents all sent their children to public schools local public schools would collapse and state funding would be more! Governor Markell and Matt Denn are getting a bargain because the state save on state share of unit allocations. Do the math people!
“It’s not a large amount of money in the big picture,” Schiavoni said. “The public school system is benefiting from our tax money. So we ought to get at least a little something.”
I agree and let’s not forget the other private school system called charter schools get a hefty kick back from Matt Denn’s pet legislation and get this, charter schools get to keep unused portions of “state” transportation funding whereas traditional public schools must give it back. Go ask Lt. Governor Matt Denn why?
Support groups for public schools, however, say the proposal makes sense.
Teri Hodges, president of the state PTA, said her organization believes the tax money is dedicated for public education and should stay there.
Shame on you Teri and state PTA ! These parents pay school taxes and the peanuts we’re talking about is nothing! Last time I looked parents of children and their children attending private schools are members of the public. What about federal Title 1 funding that goes to many of these private / parochial schools? see page 153! Yes Tatnall! O yea that’s federal funding!
“With the budget constraints the state is facing, our traditional schools really are struggling,” she said. “In the face of those problems, it doesn’t make sense to divert funds from our public schools to the private system.”
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! “budget constraints” WTF? DE DOE is over-bloated with about 270 employees and Secretary of Education Mark Murphy joins Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for Change whereas he’ll be engaging this group on “our” time! I am sorry but we don’t need to be teaching Chinese in dual language programs for public school children. Only 1% at best will be employed where Chinese language skills will be needed. Come on Teri!
Hodges points out that public school parents who choose to send their children to a charter school or “choice into” another public school are responsible for either driving their kid to class or getting them to a bus stop that serves the school. Parents who drive to a charter or magnet school receive no reimbursement.
What charter schools don’t receive state transportation funding? What Cab and Conrad don’t have buses pulling up to the doors everyday! Parents who drive their children to charters and magnets can use provided free bus transportation that is available.
Murphy told lawmakers the department was “constantly looking” to move around money to meet its top priorities, especially in recent years when state budgets have been tight.
There you have it “top priorities”! Like kissing asses of the likes of Rodel! Joining Chiefs for Change! Another f’ing standardized test four years after rolling out the last new standardized test. When will Senator David Sokola and Rep Darryl Scott stop protecting Murphy! It’s time to vote these two out of office!
“We have been prioritizing our focus on our public school students,” Murphy said.
So Murphy now plays God!
Sen. Brian Bushweiler, D-Dover, said that response “disappointed” him.
“I don’t think it’s much of an exaggeration to say you just don’t care about kids in private schools,” he said.
No senator, Murphy apparently doesn’t give a rat’s ass about these kids and it goes to show you the Markell / Denn administration doesn’t care about the overall health and quality of life in Delaware.