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Some schools are making parents pay for busing

from Governing

It used to be that when children hopped onto a yellow school bus to get to and from their classes, taxpayers picked up the tab. But cash-strapped school districts in at least five states are now asking parents to pay for school bus service, often to offset budget deficits. "It's a trend that started back in ‘08 when the recession hit," said Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. "School districts' budgets were cut back severely. As an alternative to cutting a lot of programs, districts went the route of charging fees for sports events, uniforms, after-school activities — and eventually transportation." more


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