The educator and author says that pupil transportation professionals are in a good position to have a positive impact on homeless students who ride their buses.
New legislation designed to support a growing number of homeless students leaves some transportation providers grappling with logistics and costs. More training and inter-staff communication are recommended.
Jones, who began his pupil transportation career as a school bus driver nearly 40 years ago, will step down as state director at the end of September.
The costs stem from the state's participation in the federal McKinney-Vento program. State Auditor Suzanne Bump calls on lawmakers to allot funding for what she found to be "an unfunded state mandate."
The student transportation management company will serve Kent School District to provide service for 10 to 15 percent of the district’s hardest-to-serve McKinney-Vento students who have been displaced to remote areas inside and outside of district boundaries.
The program, launched last year by NAPT President Linda Bluth and her partner, will give preference this year to applications that benefit homeless students in Washington and Oregon, although the award will be discretionary.
Once a child is enrolled in Portland, Ore.'s Community Transitional School, he or she can continue to attend the school regardless of frequent address changes that would require transferring to another district. Bus routes are changed often to follow students' moves.
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