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School Board Will Consider More Busing Cuts

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Aired 5/10/11

More than 17,000 San Diego public school students ride district school buses every day. Board members will consider plans that could end busing for more than half of those students.

San Diego Unified School District is considering drastic cuts to busing for the 2011-2012 school year.
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Above: San Diego Unified School District is considering drastic cuts to busing for the 2011-2012 school year.

— San Diego Unified Board of Education members voted earlier this year to cut transportation for more than 4,000 students. Those cuts are expected to save the district $7.8 million next year. Tuesday, the trustees will consider plans that would eliminate busing for about 6,000 more students.

The most dramatic cuts would save the district $3.1 million for the 2011-2012 school year. Under that plan the district would only continue transportation mandated by the federal government. That includes busing for special education students and kids whose schools are considered failing under No Child Left Behind.

District staff estimate 11 schools in the city will be over capacity next year if all students that rely on non-mandatory busing return to their neighborhood schools. Enrollment at another 36 schools would drop below 60 percent of those campuses’ capacities.

San Diego Unified has already cut about $115 million from its proposed 2011-2012 budget. Staff are working on alternate budgets that would cut up to $55 million more to prepare for the possibility of state legislators cutting K-12 education funding to close California's remaining $15 billion budget gap.

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Avatar for user 'runalaska2002'

runalaska2002 | May 9, 2011 at 7:09 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

In my day you either walked to school or took the city bus. Sometimes dad would drive you. No such thing as School Buses for busing to and from school. Make the parents drive their own children or take a city bus if it is too far to walk. The district can cut the bus program to the bare bones and that would save money for where it is needed - IN THE CLASSROOM!

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josepho858 | May 9, 2011 at 10:31 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

If School busing were cut off for all except Special Education students, the school district could save even more! It is about time the sacred cow of busing is sacrificed in favor of the classroom.

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ami925 | May 10, 2011 at 8:23 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

runalaska2002: Did you stop to think that sometimes parents do not have the ability to drive their children to and from school? Some children have parents that need to work and in order to keep their jobs, must be able to get to their jobs on time. Maybe, just maybe, the other parent works from home and is unable to obtain a driver's license. What then? Some families actually need the buses in order for their students to get to and from school. Especially the children in the No Child Left Behind program. Without those buses, what good of an education can a student receive when their local school has the worst scores in their district? When the teachers know absolutely nothing about giving them a decent education? Some those students prefer to go to school thirty miles away so they can actually receive an education that is worth something. An education that will get them somewhere and make them someone. Back in your day was different. Back in your day, we didn't have this sort of technology to help us when we truly need it. So stop thinking about "your day" and think about the future generation. The generation that will next run this country.

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cmeyerchhs | May 10, 2011 at 9 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

As local, community schools exist in most neighborhoods, bussing is not as necessary as some claim. A healthier America could start with children walking and cycling to school again.

While not all parents can drive their children to and from school, all parents can make informed decisions about how to get their children to school--be that a carpool, a bicycle, another family member, helping them plan a safe walking route, dropping them at the city bus stop, etc...

I understand that the No Child Left behind allows bussing from one failing school to a better school--but all this does is leave the kids behind that don't get on that bus. Better to keep the money in the school and improve the failing school.

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