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Tenn. district could shorten bus service
April 23, 2012
Union County Public Schools in Maynardville may cut the service for eight days at the end of the school year to offset the district’s $200,000 budget shortfall. The board of education will review options at a May 3 meeting.
Study: School districts see continued budget cuts
March 15, 2012
In the American Association of School Administrators’ new survey, respondents project new budget cuts in the 2013-14 school year, though the cuts may not be as deep as in the earlier years of the recession. About two-thirds of school districts surveyed eliminated positions in 2011-12.
Ads to be placed inside buses at Pa. district
February 27, 2012
The Parkland School District says it has the potential to generate about $150,000 in a year by selling 16 ad spaces inside a pilot fleet of 46 school buses. The signs will be made of a magnetic material and secured just above the bus windows.
Funding restored for Calif. school transportation
February 14, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed Senate Bill 81, which replaces the $248 million that was cut for the service with an across-the-board revenue limit reduction at all school districts in the state for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Mike Rea of the California Association of School Transportation Officials tells SBF this is welcome news, but he notes that more work must be done to restore funding for the long term, and he shares the association’s efforts to this end.
Contracting on the rise?
January 26, 2012

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy's 2011 school privatization survey found that 12.2 percent of districts in Michigan use privatized bus service, which is nearly triple the 2006 rate of 4.4 percent.

Bill would cut Calif. district funding to restore transportation money
January 24, 2012
Senate Bill 81 would replace the recent $248 million reduction in funding for home-to-school transportation with an across-the-board reduction to all districts equal to about $42 per student. Officials say this would shift the budget burden to suburban districts that don't offer much bus service.
District’s bus service unchanged despite funding cuts
January 17, 2012
Pupil transportation at Ukiah (Calif.) Unified School District will continue this school year without any changes even though the district’s funding for the service has been reduced by $467,000 due to statewide cuts. The district’s reserves are able to absorb the one-time reduction.
Funding cuts prompt Calif. district to eliminate transportation department
January 10, 2012
Southern Humboldt Unified School District’s board of trustees votes to lay off 11 bus drivers and three other transportation employees in the wake of a more than $710,000 reduction in funding for transportation services, which is due to statewide budget cuts. The district’s superintendent discusses with SBF the next steps that will be taken to provide service for students.
$248M slashed for Calif. school transportation
December 15, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown announces the cut on Tuesday as part of nearly $1 billion in mid-year budget reductions to statewide programs. Officials speak out upon hearing the news, including Mike Rea of the California Association of School Transportation Officials, who says the association will continue to work on a “legislative fix” that would move the transportation cut to an across-the-board revenue limit cut for school districts.
$89M cut to Ill. school transportation stands
December 8, 2011
The Illinois General Assembly fails to restore the funds, cut by Gov. Pat Quinn, in an extended veto session last week. But state pupil transportation director Cinda Meneghetti tells SBF that salaries were restored for personnel at Regional Offices of Education, which perform services including school bus driver training.
Calif. groups fight proposed $248M cut to school transportation
December 8, 2011
The California Association of School Transportation Officials partners with education groups in contacting legislators to urge them to repeal the cut and inform them of the negative impact it would have. Mike Rea, government relations chairperson for the association, discusses these efforts with SBF.
Bus fee program to use high-tech tools
August 11, 2011
The superintendent of Keller (Texas) Independent School District says that the system “will operate in much the same way as a city bus pass.” Families can use an online portal to pay either monthly or by the semester for a pass, which will come in the form of a student ID card with embedded RFID tags.
District to save $200K with fewer elementary bus stops
August 9, 2011
Officials at Gaston County Schools in North Carolina say that with statewide budget cuts, the district can no longer afford to have school buses stop at every household, but under the new route plan, no elementary student will be required to walk farther than one-fifth or two-tenths of a mile to a bus stop. The changes will also reduce bus trip time by 15 percent and reduce the need to idle buses.
Neb. district cuts 30 bus stops to boost efficiency
August 4, 2011
Aurora Public Schools reduces the number of its bus stops from 100 to 70 to make routes more efficient and to help reduce fuel costs. The school board also considers charging a flat rate per child and issuing identification cards.
Hawaii increases school bus fees to offset budget cuts
July 26, 2011
The state Board of Education votes unanimously to increase the bus fare for public school students from 50 cents to $1.25 for a one-way ride. The increase is needed to make up for a $9.6 million legislative cut in funding for student transportation.
Last transportation payment saved for Illinois districts
July 7, 2011
The state’s 2011 fourth quarter transportation payment had been targeted to be cut. But while that reimbursement has been restored, a new challenge surfaces: Gov. Pat Quinn has cut from his budget about $89 million for transportation for the next school year.
S.C. votes to pay for buses with unclaimed lottery money
July 5, 2011
Lawmakers vote to use the $12.4 million to pay for school buses overrides Gov. Nikki Haley's veto of the original budget item. Haley vetoed the item because she believes the state should focus on privatizing its bus system, but lawmakers say students need safe transportation while the state investigates the benefits of privatization.
Teen fatally struck by tractor-trailer
June 29, 2011
The accident occurs when Aniya Williams is trying to catch a city bus in Staten Island, N.Y. Williams used to ride a school bus, but service to her school was eliminated. Last week, the state Senate passed a bill to mandate that the city Department of Education provide school bus transportation to children in grades three through eight who live more than one mile from school.
Transportation redesign expected to save over $700K
June 28, 2011
With dwindling transportation reimbursements from the state, an Illinois school district will launch a plan to cut busing costs for the 2011-12 school year. Strategies include consolidating bus stops, modifying start and end times and removing stops for non-riders.
District set to cut regular-education bus service
June 24, 2011
The news comes after the president for the Texas district's school board says voters turned down requests to raise taxes by about $260 per year for a $200,000 home. Officials say eliminating the service will save more than $2 million.

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