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Update: Indiana gov. signs bill on bus funding losses
March 31, 2014
The bill, signed into law last week, is designed to give flexibility to school districts facing transportation budget reductions. The legislation allows districts that have lost at least 10% of their transportation fund levies due to property tax caps to use money from other funds to pay for transportation through 2016.
Bill aims to help deal with school bus funding losses
March 4, 2014
The Indiana legislation would allow school corporations that have lost at least 10% of their transportation fund levies due to circuit breaker credits (property tax caps) to use money from other funds to pay for transportation through 2016. The bill unanimously passes the state Senate.
School district to bring back busing as pilot program
February 24, 2014
After a 9-year-old girl was fatally struck by a pickup truck while walking home in December, parents petitioned the Etiwanda (Calif.) School District to bring back school bus service. The school board decides to implement a pilot transportation program for students who live at least 3 miles from school.
Indiana district gives 3-year notice to end bus service
February 13, 2014
The Decatur Township school board passes a resolution to notify the Indiana Department of Education that it may terminate transportation services in 2017. Superintendent Matt Prusiecki says that "unfortunately, due to our financial situation, this is a cut we need to consider," but it could be avoided if local voters pass a property tax increase.
Parents ask for bus service to resume after fatal accident
December 12, 2013
Parents with children who attend two schools located near the site of a recent accident have started two online petitions to urge California's Etiwanda School District to resume bus service. Bus service for regular-education students was discontinued in the 2010-11 school year due to budget issues.
Funding cuts lead to fewer aides on district’s buses
September 6, 2013
Alpine School District in American Fork, Utah, faced a 5% cut in federal funding for special education due to sequestration, and in working to balance the needs in the classroom and on buses, the district reduced the number of aides for special-needs routes from 100 to 67.
Public outcry over decision to end regular-ed bus service
August 13, 2013
Hoover (Ala.) City Schools holds a forum to address the board of education’s decision to stop the service with the 2014-15 school year, and parents, students and other community members attend and tell school officials that their decision was a mistake. The district’s superintendent says he is still exploring other variations of the plan, such as phasing in the bus cuts over a longer period of time.
District revamps busing to offset $20M budget shortfall
July 29, 2013
Among the changes to take effect on Aug. 26 at Maryland's Harford County Public Schools are four new elementary schools being added to the fourth tier schedule, elimination of previously approved exemptions to the district’s transportation policy, depot bus stops established for magnet school students, and consolidated bus stops established for middle and high school bus routes. Officials say the changes will save the district approximately $890,000.
Alabama district to end regular-ed transportation
July 18, 2013
Hoover City Schools officials expect that ending the service — to go into effect in August 2014 — will save more than $2.5 million per year. The district cites "sharply declining revenues" as a key factor in the decision.
Texas district to stop some summer school bus service
July 2, 2013
The school system’s superintendent says there is not funding to pay for rural school bus transportation, noting that while some students are required to pay a fee to attend summer school, it does not include the price of transportation.
Bus purchases deferred for Massachusetts Head Start programs
April 4, 2013
The purchases will be put off this year due to anticipated budget cuts stemming from the federal sequester. Officials at two agencies that run Head Start programs in the state say that they don’t yet know the extent to which their budgets will be impacted. The Patriot Ledger reports that the sequester reduced the budget for Head Start by 5%.
NYAPT concerned about Citizens Budget Commission report
December 19, 2012
The New York Association for Pupil Transportation is concerned that the report questions the value of school transportation and challenges the financial and management decisions made by transportation and school administrators. The association proposes changes to state mandates that it believes will save school districts $200 to $250 million.
'Legends of the Fall': partners to protect the yellow bus
December 4, 2012

NAPT is going to be very involved in making policymakers at all levels of government aware of the vexing problems created when school bus service is threatened by cuts (in dollars or routes) or eliminated.

Taking on the top challenges of the job
December 4, 2012

Clearly, the job of transportation director is not getting any easier. It takes people with a healthy supply of those “Top Traits” to lead transportation departments through these challenging times.

Calif. district extends busing through 2nd semester
October 30, 2012
School bus service to geographically remote areas will continue through the end of the school year at Lake Elsinore Unified School District. The board had earlier approved temporary bus service, for the first semester, for nearly 2,200 students who live in remote areas.
Max Christensen aims to maintain association alliances
October 16, 2012

At this year’s conference in Memphis, Tenn., Max Christensen will become president of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services. He plans to keep the association focused on changes in technology, build upon its relationship with other industry groups and work on growing its ties to federal-level agencies.

Iowa district votes against transportation cuts
September 25, 2012
Davenport Community Schools board members vote 4 to 2 against the cuts, which would have expanded walk zones, eliminated paid-conditional busing and ended bus rides to babysitters and child care facilities. The district faces the task of cutting $3 million from its budget next school year.
1 mile added to walking distances at Colo. district
August 9, 2012
Officials at Mesa County Valley School District say the change is “the result of further budget reductions the district is facing.” School bus service will be provided for elementary students who live more than two miles from school and for middle and high school students who live more than three miles from school.
Calif. district eliminates bus service for 600 students
August 9, 2012
Petaluma City Schools makes the change in response to the $3.3 million in budget cuts it will face if a tax initiative is not passed in November. The district partners with a city transit service to provide transportation for the students affected.
Ind. district to adopt transit-style bus routes
August 7, 2012
The changes at Washington Community Schools will take effect Aug. 14 and are made in response to state budget constraints. Officials say the routes now have designated stops within an area or region throughout the city limits, and buses will no longer do door-to-door stops, among other new policies.
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