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Budget cuts force district to modify bus service
July 14, 2010
Beginning with the 2010-11 school year, a Missouri school district will only transport intermediate, middle and high school students if they live more than 1.5 miles from their schools, a half-mile increase from the district’s previous policy. The move is designed to offset an approximately $400,000 reduction in transportation funding.
Indiana attorney general: School bus fees are unconstitutional
July 13, 2010
Gregory Zoeller issues a legal opinion piece after receiving a request from the state’s Board of Accounts, which took issue with a district’s proposal to begin charging $75 per student for bus rides.
Cincinnati increases walking distances to save $1.8M
July 13, 2010
Transportation will now be provided only for elementary students living one mile or more from school and for high school students living 1.25 miles or more from school. Students who ride public transit to school face a $0.50 increase on fares.
Legislators restore $900K for bus fuel, parts
July 1, 2010
The South Carolina Senate overrides Gov. Mark Sanford’s veto to cut the funding. Still, Department of Education officials say that the reduction of the fuel and parts budget from $70.1 million to $56.6 million doesn't leave enough to run buses for the entire school year.
District eliminates elementary transportation
July 1, 2010
Southern California district, which had stopped offering transportation for middle and high school students some years ago, has eliminated busing for general-ed elementary students as part of its efforts to balance the budget.
Accentuating the positive
June 22, 2010

Two school bus operations have been able to secure funding for bus replacements and have managed to expand their transportation service in spite of the current cuts that are being made in pupil transportation.

Illinois district to reconsider bus pass fees
June 17, 2010
A high volume of complaints from parents has led the school board to reconsider its policy, which would have saved $85,000.
Training around the edges
June 17, 2010

Even when you can’t afford to pay each employee to sit in a monthly safety meeting, you can look for cracks and crevices in the day where you can insert that safety mantra.

District eliminates school bus service, with backup plan
June 10, 2010
If 85 percent of parents of current riders approve a fee increase for bus passes, regular-ed transportation will be reinstated at Poway (Calif.) Unified School District. Transportation Director Tim Purvis remains optimistic.
District may charge per-ride fee to ease budget woes
May 5, 2010
Faced with $31 million in cuts for the next school year, a Colorado school district may ask families of students who use the school bus to start paying $.50 per ride. To make this possible, the district is installing GPS units on each bus to track student ridership.
275,000 education jobs in peril, study finds
May 4, 2010
Next school year, 82 percent of districts surveyed by the American Association of School Administrators will cut teaching, administrative and other types of positions. Officials call it "an unprecedented level of layoffs."
Study: Over a third of districts plan busing cuts next year
April 9, 2010
Also, more districts will be laying off teachers and support staff for the 2010-11 school year, and more are considering a four-day school week, the survey by the American Association of School Administrators finds.
Contractor Roundtable: The Current Business Climate
March 12, 2010

School bus contractors offer insights on the advantages of contracting in the current economic climate as well as the impact of state and national regulatory issues.

Michigan district axes transportation
February 26, 2010
Faced with deteriorating school funding in the state, Royal Oak decides to eliminate transportation for general-education students beginning with the next school year. The district made substantial reductions in high school transportation last year.
School administrators praise stimulus, warn of further cuts
February 23, 2010
American Association of School Administrators says that while the stimulus funds provided some relief, school districts nationwide continue to face steep funding shortfalls. The organization's 2009 study found that in many cases, state budgets were cut only after it was known that the stimulus included money for education.
NYAPT testifies before state fiscal committees
February 5, 2010
The pupil transportation group cautions lawmakers to avoid money-saving measures that could compromise student safety. NYAPT also expresses qualified support for a "shared services" proposal, calls for a review of special-needs transportation costs, and proposes streamlining paperwork requirements.
Hawaii DOE issues recommendations for school bus deficit
January 22, 2010
In light of a $12 million school transportation deficit, the Department of Education is recommending eliminating some routes, consolidating other routes and increasing walking distances for grades 3 through high school.
State Directors Delve Into Bus Crash Details
January 15, 2010

Changing regulations, innovative state programs and transporting homeless students are also discussed during the annual NASDPTS conference in Louisville, Ky.

Massachusetts governor scraps plan to cut $18M for school transportation
December 29, 2009
Gov. Deval Patrick reportedly rescinded his proposal after learning how the funding cuts would affect school districts. Options for restoring the funding include using stimulus funds, layoffs at the state level and cuts in other areas of government or education.
Q&A: NASDPTS President Charlie Hood on Funding Challenges, Work With Feds
November 4, 2009

State directors are battling budget shortfalls, but NASDPTS President Charlie Hood says that they remain optimistic. The association’s work with federal agencies and other industry groups targets the betterment of school transportation.

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