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January 03, 2012  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

Amish press for separate school busing


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MARATHON, N.Y. — Amish parents are calling for the local school district to provide separate transportation for their children to their Amish schools — a practice that was in place last school year but ended in the fall, The Post-Standard reports.

The Marathon Central School District has offered to bus Amish students with non-Amish students, but Amish parents say they don’t want their kids to be influenced by mainstream culture — and they need later transportation because of farm chores.

District officials say that giving Amish students special bus runs is costly and sets a bad precedent.

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I think that if their wish is granted it will give other religious groups an opening to request the same thing. No school district can afford to bus religious groups seperately from other students. I think their request is unreasonable especially having to change the pick up times because they are doing farm work. Schools cannot work around everyones schedule. YOU make the adjustments. Solution: provide your own transportation.

Laura J Phila    |    Jan 05, 2012 06:39 AM

I can appreciate the Amish desiring to remain separate from the others to protect their culture and beliefs, however, the school district should not be expected to incur the added cost involved. If the Amish want to be transported separately and by doing so additional, unrecoverable expense is incurred, the Amish should fund the additional cost of transporting the kids!

Tim Bentz -Leavenworth WA    |    Jan 04, 2012 09:07 AM

I'm assuming that if they ride the bus to school with non-Amish students, they're in the same classrooms with non-Amish students. So what's the difference? Aren't they possibly going to be influenced in the classroom too? I admire the Amish but if they want private busing they need to send their kids to private schools. And Tina, I agree with you whole-heartedly! What about the tax-paying AMERICANS? Where do we fit in except to foot the bill for all the special groups special treatment?

BUT    |    Jan 04, 2012 07:53 AM

2 ways to look at this. First if they go to regular schools they will have whatever influence there is already. If they don't like riding the bus with the other children then they have the option to provide their own transportation. Second, we already give the migrants special options. The migrants get special treatment as far as transportation for the after school program, free lunches, state gives them food, money and shelter. While this is all and good, what about the AMERICAN CHILDREN. We have people out of work, out of assistance, and out of living the american way. I say don't give special attention to any other groups.

Tina Campbell    |    Jan 04, 2012 04:45 AM

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