Schools are cutting back — especially on bus service — due to the ripple effect of high gas prices, AP reports.
Hard times and higher fuel prices will follow kids back to school this fall.
Children will walk farther to the bus stop, pay more for lunch, study from old textbooks and wear last year’s clothes. Field trips? Forget about it.
This year, it could cost nearly twice as much to fuel the yellow buses that rumble to school each morning. If you think it’s expensive to fill up a sport utility vehicle, try topping off a tank that is two or even three times as big.
On Hit & Run, Nick Gillespie is not impressed.
As someone who had kids in the Maryland’s Montgomery County schools for a couple of years, I can guarantee you that they could choose to cut something other than funds for “an award-winning” math team with ease.
. . . Schools will use any pretense to a) keep doing things some old and inefficient way and b) so they need to getting more money from every possible source, whether public or private. Per-pupil spending is up over 300 percent in constant dollars since the early 1960s. You’d think somewhere in that increase, schools would figure out how to fund meaningful stuff and drop crap.
More parents are making kids reuse last year’s backpack and buying clothing and supplies at discount or secondhand stores, AP reports.