Legislators advance ban on school bus fees

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A legislative committee has endorsed a bill that would prohibit Indiana's public school districts from charging fees for school bus service.

The Senate's education committee voted 7-3 Wednesday in favor of the proposal. It follows protests from parents in a suburban Indianapolis district who last fall began facing bus fees of at least $40 per month per child.

Leaders of the Franklin Township district say eliminating free bus service was necessary to help close an $8 million budget shortfall. Attorney General Greg Zoeller has said he believes the district acted unconstitutionally by contracting with an outside agency and then imposing the arrangement on parents.

The House approved the bill last month. It now faces consideration by the Senate appropriations committee before advancing to the full Senate.


  • Mitch has no commment on this
    Your man Mitch says they can ahve a right to ride the bus for free. That way we can ensure the students are getting to class...... wait there are no quality instructors there, why - because we had to lay them off in order to get the buses going. Wonder how Speedway has managed all these years without a bus system for their students. Mitch should demand they get a bus system too. Or maybe Mr. Bosma can pick them up in his spare time.
  • Corrupt School Administrators
    Indiana is really bad about charging fees for many things. There should be NO fess for anything for grades K-12. That is why we pay taxes. There needs to be jail time involved for officials of any school that charges fees. tj
  • For once
    Our wonderful government (not), did a good thing. I hope the Senate does it too.
  • So Why Have A School Board?
    We now realize, the State Government of Indiana will dictate what our citizens will get for free, and what our citizens will pay for, one item at a time. So, fire some teachers, forget the repairs for the roof system, but get those buses rolling. Thank you for your vote!

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