Special Needs Transportation

District cuts special-needs bus routes

Posted on March 1, 2010

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.

Related Topics: cutting costs

Comments ( 1 )
  • Bus Mom

     | about 8 years ago

    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!

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