The Financial Pillaging of School Districts By the Incestuous Relationship Between Private Schools and Public Funds

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In what has become an annual rite of passage, Lakewood Township School District is once again on bended knee doing their own perverted version of Oliver Twist and asking the state of New Jersey “please sir, may I have some more?”.

Last week the state announced final public school funding levels for all districts and while surrounding communities are losing tens of millions of dollars, Lakewood will receive an additional $15,000,000 for the 2019-2020 school year. But that’s not enough to fund the projected 2019-2020 budget shortfall of $40,000,000 so rather than look at cutting from courtesy busing, reducing the outrageous salary of school board attorney Michael Inzelbuch ($600,000) and finding less costly ways to educate special needs children (think SCHI), the district is asking the state for yet another loan.

When faced with similar circumstances back in 2014-2015 the school district borrowed $4,500,000 from the state. In 2015-2016 that number grew to $6,400,000, in 2016-2017 even higher to $8,500,000 and in 2017-2018 to a whopping $28,000,000. Initially the $28,000,000 was a grant request but the state rejected that because the district refused to provide documentation to support the request. Tonight the board of education meets to consider requesting yet another loan, this time ONLY $16,000,000.

Anyone want to bet a nickel that at some point Senator Bob Singer will request that the state forgive these loans and that request will be granted? If so, please PM us.

At present, Lakewood School District owes the State of New Jersey $46,000,000 and if this new loan is granted that number will be $63,500,000, a new record for school district indebtedness to the state. The district doesn’t actually repay these loans either. Instead of having to write a check, the annual loan repayment is withheld from state aid, $5,800,000/year for the next 12 years. So a district that cries that it does not receive enough state aid borrows money to plug budget gaps and repays that money through…state aid. Follow that?

All of this transpires under the watchful eye of state monitor David Shafter. Shafter, who bills himself as a budget coordinator and financial analyst with expertise in school management on LinkedIn, sits on the finance committee of the Board of Education and is partly responsible for this debacle. The scheme can only move forward with his approval which he has given.

Also on the finance committee is board member Isaac Zlatkin. Zlatkin, you may recall, is a co-defendant in a lawsuit filed against the district by Tobree Mostel who, as an employee of the school district, was responsible for funding for special education children. In her 34 page federal lawsuit, Mostel alleges that she was discriminated against because she tried to expose corruption and is not an orthodox Jew.

The trouble began when Lakewood based On Track Resources LLC was given a contract by the district to oversee special needs placements. Mostel alleges that the On Track gave multiple student evaluations in a short time frame so the company could charge more money, hired evaluators who work for companies that gain financially from special education placements, copying and pasting student service plans instead of individualizing them and coercing parents to waive evaluations of children.

To no one’s surprise, the previous board attorney, Marc Ztoner, labeled Mostel anti-Semitic for objecting to the corruption.

“It appears that if one is not Orthodox Jewish, like the majority of the (Lakewood Board of Education) board members, and is not committed to diverting public school funds to benefit the local religious schools, that individual does not get to remain as an employee in the Lakewood School District,” the lawsuit reads. “It truly begs the question: What is going on in this district?”

At least board member Moshe Newhouse, who accepted the amnesty program offered by the state for cheating the welfare system only days before closing on a $500,000 house, doesn’t sit on the finance committee, so there’s that.

It’s time to fire the state monitor and for the state of New Jersey to seize control of Lakewood School District. Nothing less will do.

View Shafter’s Linked In here
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-shafter-2a0a413a

Read the Mostel lawsuit article
https://www.app.com/…/lakewood-nj-special-educat…/372255002/

Read the source article for this story here
https://www.app.com/…/lakewood-nj-schools-defic…/3129394002/

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The Measles Outbreak in NY – Allowing Teens to Get Vaccinated on Their Own

Facing Measles Outbreak, N.Y. Lawmakers Want to Let Teenagers Get Vaccines on Their Own

ALBANY — After a measles outbreak in Brooklyn and Rockland County and amid growing concerns about the anti-vaccine movement, a pair of state legislators are proposing allowing minors to receive vaccinations without permission from their parents.

The bill would allow any child 14 years or older to be vaccinated and given booster shots for a range of diseases including mumps, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, influenza, hepatitis B and measles, which seemed to be the primary reason for alarm after the recent outbreaks.

“We are on the verge of a public health crisis,” said one of the bill’s sponsors, Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, a Democrat from Albany, citing lower-than-recommended inoculation rates in some communities, spurred by unconfirmed suspicions about vaccines causing autism. “We’ve become complacent over the last couple of decades.”

[Your questions on measles and its vaccine, answered.]

That sentiment was amplified recently by the World Health Organization, which listed “vaccine hesitancy” as one of the Top 10 global threats. In Rockland County, officials are reporting 145 confirmed cases of measles, with the vast majority of those afflicted aged 18 and under. Of those, four out of five have received no vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella.

City health officials have also reported more than 100 cases of measles in Brooklyn, and a single case in Queens as well. As in Rockland County, most of those cases involved members of the Orthodox Jewish communities where vaccination rates typically lag well behind the norm.

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A measles outbreak occurred at Yeshiva Kehilath Yakov in Brooklyn, New York after an unvaccinated child went to school.CreditDemetrius Freeman for The New York Times

[One Student Was Not Vaccinated Against Measles. 21 Others Got Sick.]

If passed and signed into law, the bill would make New York part of a group of states — ranging from liberal Oregon to conservative South Carolina — that allow minors to ask for vaccinations without parental approval, though some states also require minors to be evaluated to determine if they are mature enough to make such a decision. The New York bill would not require such an evaluation.

 

To read the article in its entirety in the New York Times click here.

Rockland County, NY Legislator Politicizing Measles Instead of Admonishing Constituents Who Don’t Vaccinate

Lawmaker Accuses County Exec Of Politicizing Measles Outbreak

NEW CITY, NY — A Rockland lawmaker is accusing the county executive of politicizing the ongoing measles outbreak, something the county executive forcefully denies. Legislator Aron Wieder, D-District 13, said County Executive Ed Day has used the measles outbreak as a political tool against the Orthodox Jewish community and says he must stop immediately.

In an open letter to Day, Wieder said private schools were already complying with the county Health Department’s request for student immunization records when the cooperation stopped and the threat of steep fines began — all so that the county executive could make it seem that it was him alone that brought about the compliance.

“The truth is that these nine private schools, some of them with small staffs and shoestring budgets, were already 90 percent in compliance before any threat of fines arose,” Wieder wrote. “They had provided the vast majority of student health records and simply needed an additional week to fully complete the information, and they informed the Health Department as such.”

Wieder accused Day of making it seem that it was only because of his efforts that private schools complied and that they would not have had he not intervened.

Day, a Republican, responded, saying Wieder’s statements were incorrect

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