Pay for bus ride to school?

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Pay for bus ride to school?
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Tue, 04-24-2012 - 5:57pm

What do you think about this strategy that some school districts are adopting, charging students a fee if they want to ride the bus to/from school?

NBCChicago.com is reporting that the Illinois Board of Education is considering the move, offering districts in the state the options of eliminating buses altogether or having parents pay the transportation cost. The Illinois school system serves about 2.1 million students.

Nationwide, school districts struggling with massive budget shortfalls have started charging families for what had been a free service, with even more districts, including Palm Beach County in Florida, considering the idea of a pay-to-ride bus system.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, most families in the Keller Independent School District started racking up bills in August, with fees up to $170 for a child each semester. Because of Texas law, special needs students continue to ride for free.

“We understand that families are monetarily strapped and people are still upset,” said Dana Chandler, general manager of transportation with the Keller Independent School District with Durham School Services. “But I am not getting 100 calls a day as I did earlier, but down to one or two from parents. Ridership has grown as the year has progressed and I can’t believe it, but it has become successful.”

Parents in Colorado's third-largest school district are in their second year paying $1 day for their kids to ride the bus to school.

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Tue, 04-24-2012 - 8:39pm

Couldn't they treat it like a free/reduced lunch program and offer the services free to low income families, The families that don't fall into that bracket would pay...

 


 


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Tue, 04-24-2012 - 9:27pm

Given that I grew up in Illinois and both the high school my older sisters attended, as well as the high school my brother and I attended charged for bus service to school, I don't think it's all that outrageous.

My sisters attended in Joliet.

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Tue, 04-24-2012 - 9:28pm
geschichtsgal wrote:
I think they should charge the parents who drive their kids to school instead.

Oh, amen.

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Wed, 04-25-2012 - 8:26am
I'm guessing the reason they are charging the kids who ride the bus is because so many parents now drive their kids and it's not as cost effective. If you charged the parents who drive their children, it would reduce unnecessary traffic, pollution, etc. and possibly the buses would once again be used by the majority of students.
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Wed, 04-25-2012 - 10:29am
There's no school bus for HS kids in my district, but if you live more than a certain distance from your neighborhood school, you get a city bus pass.
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Wed, 04-25-2012 - 11:22am

I'm guessing the reason they are charging the kids who ride the bus is because so many parents now drive their kids and it's not as cost effective. If you charged the parents who drive their children, it would reduce unnecessary traffic, pollution, etc. and possibly the buses would once again be used by the majority of students.

I hadn't considered that, but it makes sense. Thanks for explaining!

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Wed, 04-25-2012 - 1:57pm

I'm not sure this would be possible in our district.

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Wed, 04-25-2012 - 3:59pm

Wow that sounds like a mess!

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Wed, 04-25-2012 - 4:10pm
So do most kids go to their neighborhood schools? How diverse are the schools? And are there some neighborhoods with great schools and some without? Just curious. I always wonder how our system could be such a mess when others aren't or don't seem to be.
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Wed, 04-25-2012 - 6:45pm
Interesting. In our district, the magnet schools (and some of the charter schools) are the ones that are hard to get into. Many neighborhood schools have trouble filling their seats because everyone wants to get into the specialty schools, so the district has responded by trying to duplicate the successful models. I wonder if there may be a bit of a backlash coming as parents tire of driving all over the place to get their kids to school.