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With all this discussion, I thought I'd throw up a few pieces of information.
- In 2004-2005, the most recent year for which statistics are complied, 55.3% of the over 45M children enrolled in public K-12 schools were bused to school at public expense.
- The United States spends $17.5 billion per year on school bus transportation at an average cost of $692 per student transported.1
- The percentage of children bused has been declining steadily since the mid-1980s, when slightly more than 60% of children were bused. At that time, the average expenditure per student transported was under $300.2
- In FY2009, approximately $180 million in federal Safe Routes to School funding will be made available to each state’s Department of Transportation to help school districts make it safer for children to walk and bicycle to school.
This article from the Florida state legislature on busing has a map showing that 13 states allow district to charge parents for transportation.
This Washington legislature Citizens Guide to School Funding also talks about busing, see page 10.
OSPI and K-12 transportation
Pay to Ride article from Public School Review.
Sarah Wiley, another concerned taxpayer, chose to point the finger at state legislators, rather than the school board. At the same meeting, she asked lawmakers, “I want to know how you expect us to do more with less when you all voted against schools? You voted for charters and vouchers that took money away from us.”