NY taxpayers fuming after school spends $153,000 on ‘educational’ trip to Disney World | EAGnews.org:
"LONG ISLAND, N.Y. – Long Island taxpayers are fuming after learning they spent over $150,000 to send seniors from Shoreham-Wading River High School on an “educational” trip to Disney World.
The senior trip to Disney World is a school tradition dating back to the 1990s, but in prior years students footed most of the bill, with the district shelling out less than $10,000 to help them out.
Last year, about one in three seniors participated, Newsday reports.
But school officials re-labeled the trip as an “educational field trip” and used taxpayer funds to cover nearly the entire tab, including airfare and hotel rooms for the four-day trek to the Orlando theme park, resulting in about 80 percent of the 227 seniors at Shoreham-Wading River participating in the trip.
The bill: nearly $153,000.
District officials are now scrambling to appease angry taxpayers tasked with voting on the district’s proposed budget for next year in less than a month..."