Etiwanda School District's pilot transportation program will be discontinued after the last day of school. Pictured is Etiwanda Colony Elementary, one of the schools involved in the program.
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California district ends school bus pilot program

In March, Etiwanda School District launched a "shared cost model" pilot transportation program for students who live at least 3 miles from school. District officials say that the program "did not generate the interest nor the revenue that was expected," and the board decides to discontinue it after the last day of school.

Thomas McMahon is executive editor of SCHOOL BUS FLEET.
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Districts are in the transportation business

A school board member at a Virginia district told the Washington Post, “We are not in the transportation business. We are in the education business.” That statement seems misguided and even unsettling. Yes, school districts’ primary responsibility is to educate children. But that doesn’t mean it’s their only responsibility. …

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Update: Indiana gov. signs bill on bus funding losses

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.

A bill in the Indiana General Assembly would allow school districts that have lost at least 10% of their transportation fund levies due to circuit breaker credits to use money from other funds to pay for transportation. Photo by Wikipedia user Jasont82
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Bill aims to help deal with school bus funding losses

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.

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School district to bring back busing as pilot program

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.

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Indiana district gives 3-year notice to end bus service

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.

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Parents ask for bus service to resume after fatal accident

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.

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Funding cuts lead to fewer aides on district’s buses

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.

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Public outcry over decision to end regular-ed bus service

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.

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District revamps busing to offset $20M budget shortfall

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.

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Alabama district to end regular-ed transportation

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.

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Texas district to stop some summer school bus service

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.

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Bus purchases deferred for Massachusetts Head Start programs

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%.

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NYAPT concerned about Citizens Budget Commission report

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.

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