Monday, August 24, 2009
Cash-strapped school districts across the U.S. are cutting bus service.
Parents and transportation advocates say the proposed cuts will have wide-ranging repercussions — affecting everything from parents' work schedules to student attendance.
Many also worry that the cuts will jeopardize the safety of students who may have to cross busy highways or dangerous roads to get to class. Deadly school bus crashes are rare, while past studies have shown riding to school in a car, walking and bicycling account for hundreds of student deaths a year.
For their part, school districts say trimming student transportation is a painful but necessary way of coping with reductions in state funding and a drop in property tax revenue.