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  • in reply to: Should teachers/rebbis get a full time salary? #1566633

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    Of course you can replace a 4th grade rebbi with a lower paid rebbi. Just remember, if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
    You can also easily replace a MLB pitcher for a much lower salary. You must pay for quality. What a rebbi is getting paid today to somehow teach today’s kids (not to mention, dealing with the parent) is a massive bargain for parents.
    God forbid a teacher speak harshly to our kid or lose his cool in class and we go nuts. But they should get paid like a guy flipping burgers because after all, no one told him to be a rebbi.
    Only in chinuch should the Rebbi be moser nefesh for our kids. Our laywer, airline pilot and starting pitcher better be top notch and we are happy to pay top dollar. Our kid’s Rebbi, the lowest asking price gets the position. Then we complain.

    in reply to: Tishah BeAv and Yom HaShoah #1564382

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    But the kinnos specifically instruct us not to institute another day to commemorate tragedy other than tisha B’Av in order to akways be cognizant that all our pain stems from tisha B’Av.

    in reply to: Lakewood school board State monitor (and Five Towns) #1094479

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    Circle, even if the Jews move, they would still own their homes and would still owe property taxes and the balance on their mortgage ( how else would they be able to demolish their homes ). They would also be walking away from the enormous and expensive community infrastructure ( shuls, schools, mikvas etc ). This is why yours is an empty threat

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    Read carefully.

    Not everything is a threat. I was just making a point. I would love to hear your opinion concerning the point I made.

    in reply to: Lakewood school board State monitor (and Five Towns) #1094478

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    Gavra At Work

    That is an assumption that does not hold up logically. Enrollment in public schools should be down significantly, so costs should remain the same or go down. Unless you have specific numbers how public school costs have gone up commensurate with tax intakes (for East Ramapo and Lakewood) I don’t see how this is possible.

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    Perhaps now you can begin to understand the frustration we feel.

    It isn’t logical, but that doesn’t stop it from happening.

    As the public school population in East Ramapo continues to decrease and at the same time more property tax paying families are building homes and not using the public schools, you end up with more money for fewer pupils.

    It’s possible because if the legally voted in tax payer representatives decide to eliminate extras from the school budget, items that other districts in the area don’t offer due to the expense, other people are up in arms.

    I would also be upset if people who have to pay for things were taking things that I don’t have to pay for away from me.

    Right now, if you buy a $500,000 home, your property taxes would be at least $16,500! Could you imagine if everyone would send their children to public school? If the school budget per student would remain the same as it is now, the property taxes for a $500,000 home would be at least $60,000! Obviously not sustainable. How do the surrounding districts, where 77% of the children population attend public school, have lower property taxes?

    The answer is, the parents are careful with the budget because they know it comes out of their pocket. In East Ramapo, there is no need to be careful because the public school parents only have to pay a small amount of the budget as they get to share the expense with the non-public school parents.

    Expenses are shared while the expenditures aren’t.

    in reply to: Lakewood school board State monitor (and Five Towns) #1094472

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    However, the additional funding would mostly be covered by the additional housing that is being taxed while not using the public school system. The incremental costs that are not for school costs are being covered by the increased tax base.

    So ask yourself why the huge amount of housing being built in Lakewood is not causing a corresponding huge increase in tax revenue.

    I don’t know why not, but (obviously) it isn’t.


    Of course there is a massive increase in the tax revenue, but it is all being used for the public schools!

    In East Ramapo, can you imagine what would happen if all the Jews would leave and their homes demolished, hence no property taxes would be paid on those properties?

    For starters, East Ramapo would have to negotiate with their teachers – something all the school districts surrounding East Ramapo do. Only East Ramapo has enough money to pay the highest salaries and pensions. Nyack, New City etc are all paying much less.

    in reply to: Portraits of Prayer #1067190

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    I think it’s stories about the tefillos.

    in reply to: my dream shul #1197667

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    scared driver delight, You don’t think 40 seconds is sufficient for ain kelokainoo ?

    in reply to: Sefer for a Couple to Learn? #900308

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    Pele Yoetz is fantastic, as is Sharai Tefilla by Rav Pincus.

    How about Chumash with Rashi slowly?

    in reply to: Artscroll Gedolim biographies #981819

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    First of all, I don’t think the issur of lashon hora applies to dead people. Also, the Chazon Ish clearly states in the beginning of Parshas Noach that it is important for us to know the real truth about the great people of our past if we are to learn lessons from their lives. (Ayin Sefer Bais Av)

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