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First of all, you have no

First of all, you have no clue what you are talking about. The school board designates the school children are assigned to, and it is usually NOT the one closest to their home. This is designed to create diversity in the population of the students attending each school. Your comment suggests that parents simply pick and chose the school for their child, and are picking schools that are the farthest away. My son's school has over 900 students....can you imagine 900 cars trying to drop off/pick up each day?!? Schools prefer the buses because they reduce the amount of traffic at each school, and ensure that the children arrive on time and are ready to start instruction when the bell rings. And for all of you who are fortunate enough to be able to send your children to private schools, you need to remember that the parents of children attending public schools are ALSO TAXPAYERS! I think that there are several ways to "tighten the belt" in these hard times, but if the school board dictates that a child attend a school way across town or at the other end of the county, then they should provide transportation.

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