Another One Rides the Bus

The state pays half of the costs of providing bus transportation to students who live 2.5 miles or more from a school. Should the state draw a smaller circle? Should districts charge families served within 2.5 miles?

Some districts offer a pay-to-ride plan; others do not.

Says an official in Salina, “We don’t offer pay-to-ride, but I’ve certainly heard from a lot of patrons who want it.”

Others, however, scoff at the current limit: “Do we, as a state, really expect a parent in 2006 to let their first-grader walk a mile to school — across railroad tracks, across bridges, across busy streets, through certain neighborhoods? I don’t think so.”

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