Parents of special and general education students have collected their fair share of school bus nightmare stories and many will have a chance to recount them at Wednesday's City Council hearing on recent transportation problems. The bus companies are not expected to attend.
(Patrick Madden - Washington, DC, WAMU) Hundreds of parents in Virginia's Arlington County are appealing a new policy that will likely force more than 1,000 children who used to take the bus to school to walk instead this year.
Arlington schools plan to strictly enforce a walking zone for students, reports the Washington Post. That means elementary students living within a mile of school and secondary students within 1.5 miles of school aren't eligible for busing.
When the school system spelled out plans in August, many parents were angry, and 200 of them filed appeals. But only a few of those appeals have been successful, an ACPS spokeswoman told the Post. Donna Owens, the mother of a sixth grader, told the newspaper that many children will have to cross busy roads to get to school.
School officials argue they're addressing growing enrollment, because the bus system was reaching a crisis. There are an additional 1,000 students enrolled in the county's schools this year, according to Superintendent Patrick Murphy.
To counter the influence of the teachers' union, powerful forces like Joel I. Klein, Michelle Rhee, Eva S. Moskowitz, Edward I. Koch and Geoffrey Canada, backed by a number of venture capitalists and hedge fund managers, have formed a group called StudentsFirstNY, a spinoff of the national group that Ms. Rhee, the former Washington schools chancellor, had formed to press for changes in how schools are run, The Times reports today.
It is a day of audits and reports from two elected officials who have been critical of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s education policies, and are both considering a run for mayor: Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Comptroller John C. Liu.
A new school year means 7,000 yellow buses rolling through the streets each day, moving 160,000 students. It also means confusion about bus routes, especially during the first few weeks of school. Hear parents’ stories and find out how you can get help if you’re experiencing trouble on your bus route.
Staten Island parents are still fuming over the cancellation of yellow school buses for seventh and eighth grade students last year, and are likely to make an uninvited appearance at tonight's Panel for Educational Policy meeting at The Michael J. Petrides School. Staten Island politicians are pushing for state legislation called Aniya's Law, named for a 13-year-old girl who was killed in June while crossing an intersection to catch a city bus after school. If approved it would restore bus service for middle school students.
The Wake County school board in Raleigh, North Carolina, voted in March to end its policy of busing students for socioeconomic diversity: a decision that has led to considerable controversy. Protesters claim that ending busing will lead to more segregation in the schools.
Now, the divided board is seeking to find a middle ground on the issue through an assignment approach called "controlled choice," which would allow parents to choose schools for their children as long as they are within a certain "zone." However, not all citizens are happy with the proposed plan and 19 protesters were arrested at a board meeting just last Tuesday.