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Will free buses help kids get to school?

from KALW

Nidya Baez is an assistant principal at Fremont High School in Oakland. She used to bring extra cash to school, in case a student asked for bus money. "I would hear, 'Can I get a dollar to get on the bus?'" remembers Baez. Just eleven percent of California's K-12 public school students ride a school bus. That's the lowest rate in the nation by far. Public schools in California are not required to provide buses for most students, and the state cut school bus spending by 20 percent during the recession. For kids in low-income families, paying the fare for public transportation can become one more barrier to getting a good education. Now, a new pilot program in Alameda County is offering free bus passes to students at a few schools, thanks to the work of advocates like Oakland's Devon Allen. more


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