There are some (ridiculous) comments I feel compelled to address. One commentator at Matzav asks:
I don’t understand: Is it better to have hundreds of kids without a school than to have rabbeim not paid? The rabbeim are either way not being paid bec. now they are out of a job. But we have hundreds of kids without school!
I've been covering non-payment since the inception of this blog and one thing I have noted is that Rabbonim feel as though they cannot walk, which is something I believe every single one of us in private industry would do should our employer fail to pay us. Some, like the commentor above, dismisses the opportunity that Rebbes would have if they were not working for free! I don't dismiss opportunity and I am a firm believer that Hashem puts opportunities in our paths. For a myriad of reasons, Rebbes as a whole seem to be held "hostage" by non-paying schools and acting as a group, or unorganized union, gives them much more power to do what should have been done months ago.
it's broken writes:
when are we going to real;ize that our system is broken
people are floundering
no money for food
no money for shcool
no money to marry off their kids
no money period
even people with job
seven p[eople who both wife and husband are working
we need a new system
we need housing
we need aubsidized food
we need help to support frum families
most frum families are struggling
moist people are not making ends meet
how long will it take till people realize
how many more mosdos will have to close
After declaring the "system" broken, the commentor calls for more of the same---welfare. Certain segments of the Orthodox community are highly dependent: dependent on parents, dependent on government programs, dependent on tzedakah. If such communities want to start solving their economic woes, independence is the answer, not (more!) subsidized food. I'd start paving the road to independence with a remediation campaign. Clearly, there are too many who lack basic skills, from basic English and vocational skills such as typing, to a lack of analytical thinking.
I think all the schools should enroll their children in the PS. What would happen is that the PS would have no room, and be forced to contract out for third party vendors. At that point the recently emptied private schools can become the third party vendor and receive generous compensation much like TT does. This would help fund the english dept costs, and tuition can be brought down to pay for the hebrew studies alone. This would help everyone, as the State would have to give more state aid since there are more children enrolled. In worst case, this should be done with the girl schools if not with the boys.
More predictable stupidity! To the residents of Lakewood and other heavily populated communities, public schools can handle some influx and they will do what they have always done when there are population shifts, use resources as efficiently as possible (and government isn't where I turn to for lessons in efficiency!).
In the last city I lived in, the elementary school down the stree from me ran two kindergarten schedules. The first session of the day started at 7AM, the second session started at 1PM. At one time my (public) high school had a far larger population than when I attended. The school was opened right as the baby boom generation started to enter high school. The school did not build its campus to accommodate the incoming class. They build the high school to accommodate the predicated future high school population, not the huge amount of students that they needed to accomodate in the first 10 years after opening, and the school squeezed classes into non-classroom areas until the school populations returned to normal levels. Other public schools have concurrent year round schedules to accommodate students. Sometimes, high schools in the same district, only offer certain electives, extracurriculars, or vocational classes, in one location, although all qualified students can attend such a course if they provide their own transportation.
Perhaps if schools in heavily populated Orthodox Jewish areas would form their own "school districts" to increase efficiency, some of these problems wouldn't be hitting with such vigor.
HOW COME THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE NOT CLOSING
OUR TAXES ARE FUNDING THEM!WE HAVE TO FUND OUR SCHOOLS, NO EXCUSES
The most intelligent comments are always in caps, right? I dare the commentor to leave his/her tax bill unpaid and see what happens. (A hint: the taxing entity can and will foreclose on your home).
A comment from "Normal"
Yungerleit are paid 80 dollars per week only after being in Kollel for a few years [waiting list].
Women that teach are paid minimally.
For a family of eight children the tuition without camp is at least 28,000.00.
How are they expected to live?
Kollelim that pay higher wages should be welcomed into our town!
And pray tell, where in the world does this commentor think money for Kollel comes from? Clearly part of the massive remediation process needed must include an understanding of free market economics, wealth creation, and basic personal finance.
maybe more tuition is needed
Maybe if we charge more for the same product that the average parent couldn't pay for to begin with, money will start to grow on trees? I think part of the remediation process must include the younger set running a joint lemonade stand with the older set. Any 5, 6, 7, or 8 year old who has ever thrown up a sign and a table in the front yard understands that charging more doesn't magically produce more. They don't need Algebra I to understand that functions don't always follow a straight line.