February 2, 2010
Ax high school busing & 12th grade? (Salt Lake Tribune)
When times get tight, it’s not unusual for schools to cut teachers, staff and activities.
But busing for high school students?
That’s what at least one Utah lawmaker has in mind. And while many educators oppose getting rid of funding for high school busing, others say it’s not such a crazy idea. Utah wouldn’t be the first place in the country to make that change.
“You’ve got to think out of the box,” said Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan. “How many times have you seen a senior high bus go down the road and it’s got three kids in it? A lot.”
Buttars will likely present the idea, along with a proposal to phase out 12th grade, to the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee today as the group considers ways to cut school funding by as much as 5 percent next school year.