What's Next? School Lunches?

The Seattle Times is reporting that Governor Gregoire is considering cutting K-12 bus transportation. 

But any squeamishness over student-transportation cuts isn't enough to keep that $220 million idea off her list of ways to potentially deal with budget shortfalls, the latest a $2 billion one.

Washington would be the first to completely eliminate state dollars for bus service because of the recent recession, said Bob Riley, executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services. He noted that a few other states, including California and Colorado, have cut school-transportation dollars in previous years.

Debra Carnes, who was waiting for the bus with her fourth-grader, called the idea horrible — but better than cutting money going to the classroom. She wondered what impact it would have on the attendance of low-income students and those new to the U.S.
"Our family, we'll figure it out. But there's a lot out there who would struggle," she said.

Of course, transportation for disabled students would continue per federal law.  Washington state pays about 67% of the cost of bus transportation with districts kicking in the rest.    However,

The dollars are not evenly distributed across Washington, however, with some districts depending 100 percent on the state for transportation dollars and others filling in with local levy dollars.

Seattle Public Schools, the state's largest school district, stands to lose the most from the governor's school-bus idea. The state now pays only half of the cost to transport Seattle kids, but that adds up to about $15.7 million a year, said Tom Bishop, transportation manager for the district.

Other issues?  More pollution and traffic from all those parents trying to get their kids to school. 


dan dempsey said…
So I put up my first comment at the Times and it took less than 10 minutes for the Constitution to get a Thumbs Down....

Guess Ross Hunter needs to know that some in this state do not favor the constitution.

So do the tumbs-downers want to amend the WA Constit. or just ignore it?
Anonymous said…
I was looking for diaries about the JSCEE pay raises to big shots - 1 of the big shots picked up a 20 grand raise and he was 1 of the budget cutters -

MJG is Gone but the Hubris isn't.
Anonymous said…
This is awful. It would most affect our low income families.

Anonymous said…
It hurts many families with working parents. Lots of people put their kids on a bus then head off to work.

seattle citizen said…
Here's what's next (after school lunches(:

Board vote makes Idaho first state to require high school students to take 2 online credits
Because you know that online courses are more efficient, produce more quantifiable data, are cheaper, and support the Job Creators of the free market as tech companies hire more programmers to take the place of those pesky, socialist public school teachers.
ArchStanton said…
@sc: that would make transitioning MAP and other standardized testing to an online, at home event much easier, as well. Fewer computers required and less library time taken from the schools. Win-win!
seattle citizen said…
Yes, ArchStanton, win-win: Students at home on their computers; Ed Corp at One Business Plaza on their computers; Northwest Evaluation Association at Non-Profit [sic] Circle down by the bank:
Ed Corp sends essay parameters to student's computer; student's computer generates essay based on the parameters and submits to NWEA computer, which generates a) a grade, and b) data!
Jan said…
Hm. You know, Seattle Citizen -- reading the linked article, the basis for the decision seems as weak and weaselly as much of the other Ed Reform stuff. BUT -- I think increasingly these days that what people are going to have to do -- to right the ship of this republic -- is refuse to be the consumers, customers, payers, etc. of businesses who refuse to acknowledge the existence and necessity of a social contract that works for the good of all. The bank account changing thisg this weekend was a start.

What if a bunch of teachers in Idaho got together and produced online courses, as a nonprofit -- with the understanding that revenues in excess of expenses would go back to school districts. I can't speak for everyone else, but I know where MY kids would be getting their courses!

I am beginning to think that the only way to change the status quo will be for the "masses" to refuse to play their parts (as consumers, customers, etc.).

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