Officials in a predominantly Orthodox Jewish community in New Jersey are working to avert a school bus protest which could clog with streets with hundreds of cars.
Longtime Orthodox Jewish community leader Rabbi Yisroel Schenkolewski is calling on the parents of private school students to drive their children to classes on Tuesday and Wednesday to protest Lakewood's decision to end a nearly $4 million courtesy busing program for an estimated 8,100 students.
"We understand the ramifications that this might have on the township and are therefore giving ample time for the town to mobilize their resources to prepare for the upcoming drill," wrote Schenkolewski.
Courtesy busing is provided as a convenience for students who live within 2-1/2 miles of their schools.
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School Superintendent Laura Winters tells the Asbury Park Press all school buses will operate on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"We're working towards reaching a resolution by Tuesday," she told the paper.