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District must bus student to both parents’ homes


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LANCASTER, Pa. — The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that a school district here must provide yellow bus service to a student from both of his divorced parents’ homes, The Patriot News reports.

The court's order upholds an earlier ruling by a county judge who found that Manheim Township School District was violating the state Public School Code by refusing to provide such service to the son of Timothy Watts. Watts sued the school district after the board adopted a policy during the last school year as a cost-cutting measure requiring that students could be picked up and dropped off at only one bus stop. (Previously Watts’ son was served by buses at his and his ex-wife’s homes, which are on different bus routes in the district.)

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association backed the district in appealing the county court ruling to the state court, according to The Patriot News. However, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson noted that Watts filed suit after appeals to the district administration, school board and solicitor failed. He also noted that the school bus that serves Watts' neighborhood has empty seats and could accommodate his son without adding another stop along its route.

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