As required by Federal law since 1947, (Everson v. Board of Education) parents whose children attend private schools receive Government-funded transportation.
In Toms River, the township finds it cheaper to give a $1,000 stipend per child – as opposed to busing the kids themselves. This is referred to as “aid in lieu” (of transportation).
Jackson township started bussing some kids – but overall Jackson residents tell GreaterLakewood it is a disaster and they wish they can receive aid in lieu.
5 years ago, under 150 children were provided stipends. Last year 850 Kids received aid-in-lieu. The township provided it in 2 separate checks of $500 each. The second has not yet been issued.
Next year the Township will be issuing “aid in lieu” to a whopping 1100 children – To the tune of 1.1 Million dollars. There are likely many more children but 1100 will be eligible for stipends. High school children are eligible if their school is over 2 ½ miles from their home and beyond two miles for elementary students.