Missing the bus

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.

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Comments

  1. When I taught summer school this year, fully half the busses arrived 2 hours early and idled outside the building until dismissal.

    There are plenty of places for districts to cut that have nothing to do with education. The problem is too many people trying to protect their jobs.

  2. Our local high school made sure they bought new flat-screen TVs for every classroom before they started crying for more money and laying off teachers.

  3. Maybe laughing as your kid tossed last year’s backpack and all supplies in the garbage wasn’ such a good idea after all. At least those kids didn’t make the teacher clean out their desk and supplies at the end of the year.

  4. The behaviour of public schools wasn’t any different when gas prices were lower. They still talked about needing more money and having to make cuts to beloved programs in order to fund some unfairness. NCLB comes to mind right away. The demand for money is without end.

  5. All good points. The money is there, it’s just being put to the wrong use. To make up for mismanagement of funds, schools are forced to subsidize these costs with ridiculous fees (such as parking and locker fees). It is becoming more and more inconvenient just to attend school.

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  6. The concept is simple, the more money shoveled into a bureaucracy, the more time and money the bureaucrats will devote to getting even *more* money shoveled into that bureaucracy. This means that the more money we shove into education, the less will reach the kids.