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Full state funding for seat belts on school buses diverted

from Houston Chronicle

Parents and others fighting to protect children on school buses celebrated in 2009, when Texas lawmakers earmarked $10 million to equip the vehicles with seat belts. Yet six years later, the money is gone — with less than half a million dollars ever awarded to school districts for the devices. With no state funding designated for seat belts, districts were no longer required to install them, thanks to a loophole in the law. While there's no official tally, most standard-size school buses in Texas lack seat belts. Roughly 35,000 school buses transport some 1.5 million Texas school children daily. more


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