Amish press for separate school busing

Posted on January 3, 2012

MARATHON, N.Y. — Amish parents are calling for the local school district to provide separate transportation for their children to their Amish schools — a practice that was in place last school year but ended in the fall, The Post-Standard reports.

The Marathon Central School District has offered to bus Amish students with non-Amish students, but Amish parents say they don’t want their kids to be influenced by mainstream culture — and they need later transportation because of farm chores.

District officials say that giving Amish students special bus runs is costly and sets a bad precedent.

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Comments ( 4 )
  • Laura J Phila

     | about 6 years ago

    I think that if their wish is granted it will give other religious groups an opening to request the same thing. No school district can afford to bus religious groups seperately from other students. I think their request is unreasonable especially having to change the pick up times because they are doing farm work. Schools cannot work around everyones schedule. YOU make the adjustments. Solution: provide your own transportation.

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