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Rural schools struggle to pay for transportation

from Star Tribune

Some students near Bayfield, Wis., have to take a wind sled across a frozen bay to school. Children riding to class in the western Dubuque, Iowa, district are often in transit for an hour. School buses in the largest district, in St. Louis County, Minn., put on more than a million miles a year. The logistics of getting children to school in sprawling or remote districts can be dizzying — and expensive. Superintendents in the rural Midwest say that bringing children to school costs far more than state transportation aid and siphons money that could go to classroom instruction. With some facing declining enrollment, it's even tougher to cover the expense. more

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