Azzarra says the courtesy busing – servicing the Jewish and non-Jewish private schools – would not receive additional state funding, and the schools would still need to tier busing to cover the costs.
Without the tiering, the deficit stands at approximately $5.5 million, as first reported on TLS last month, which means the tiering would only save approximately $3 million.
However, besides for the lack of funding issue, sources say the schools are extremely unhappy with the tiering aspect because it would require the boys to begin school at 8:30 AM, and the girls at 9:30 AM, thereby conflicting with the schedules of thousands of working parents.
The referendum would go up for vote in June, should it be approved.
Askonim are continuing to work on the issue.
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