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Is Bloomington's Bus Driver Shortage Part Of A Bigger Story?

Franklin Township School Corporation decided to implement busing fees in response to cuts in funding from the state.

This story from our partners at Indiana Public Media in Bloomington caught our attention. As the Monroe County Community School Corporation’s school year has started, the district has found itself in desperate need of bus drivers. Bari Finkel reports: School administrators count on losing around five drivers each summer. Most leave because they have found better-paying full-time […]

The Good News & Bad News About The End Of Franklin Township's Busing Fees

They caused traffic jams, drove parents out of the district, and even brought on a lawsuit. They were the most explicit sign of the pressures Indiana school districts felt as a result of the state’s new, constitutionally-enshrined property tax caps. But now, Franklin Township’s “pay-to-ride” school busing fees are a thing of the past — […]

What The Law Says About Franklin Township's Busing Fees

Indiana law requires public school districts to provide transportation to school for foster children, homeless children, and even for students who attend private schools and live along bus routes. But does the Indiana Constitution forbid districts from making families pay for the busing? That’s the argument in a lawsuit against Franklin Township schools which started charging families monthly fees […]

Superintendent Behind Franklin Township Busing Cuts Is Frustrated Too

Wednesday was the first day of classes at all Franklin Township schools — and also the first day that a Franklin Township student couldn’t ride district buses without paying a fee of $40 or more after the district made deep cuts to its transportation budget. The cuts have offered district parents two unenviable options: pay […]

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