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District cuts special-needs bus routes


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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville City Schools is cutting its special-needs bus routes to reduce costs, according to WAFF.

The news source reports that some parents whose children have special needs received a letter informing them that they will have to find another way for their kids to get to and from school.

The letter indicates that the state Department of Education allows a local board to make a payment to parents in lieu of transporting students where it is impractical to do so. The letter also notes that the school system does not have enough special-needs students to warrant the cost of transporting them.

Parents had until Feb. 19 to submit an acceptance form to be reimbursed for travel expenses beginning on March 8.

A spokesman for the school district told the news source that parents who have concerns with the transportation changes should contact the district’s special-education department.


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This can be good and bad. If I am a parent with a special needs child who required specialized trasnportation services why wouldn't that be provided to me by Federal law? On the other hand, if I am a special needs parent of a student who doesn't need specialized transportation services then it should be fine with me. After all, I can take my kid to appointments and the park or mall. Now the School District is paying me to take my kid to school! Wow!

Bus Mom    |    Mar 02, 2010 09:36 AM

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