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Florida school district explores privatizing school bus transportation

from WTSP-TV

School bus drivers are fighting to keep their benefits as the Hillsborough County School District discusses opting to outsource its bus transportation system to a private company. It's one option among many, according to Hillsborough County School Board Member Candy Olson. "There are no simple solutions," said Olson. "You can't order a bus today and get it tomorrow." The district has faced obstacles, including spending more than $60 million a year on transportation, and there is a need to cut back, the Board explained. The district is also trying to find a way to handle students who misbehave — students bus drivers want to face the consequence of not being allowed back on the bus. more

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