Thursday, December 12, 2013
The City of Hoover, Alabama rescinded its decision this week to stop school bus service in the next school year, which serves around 5,700 students. The local board of education is in talks with the U.S. Department of Justice and other organizations to find money for the bus system while still addressing the district’s $12 million deficit. If alternative funding cannot be found, the school district may ask parents to pay the difference between what bus service costs and the amount of state funding allocated for transportation. When Hoover City Schools, a district in suburban Birmingham, AL, decided this summer to terminate bus service, parents and community leaders challenged whether the move would mean significant cost savings. Groups such as the Save the Hoover Bus System formed to protest the move. As we noted in earlier posts, some felt that the decision was motivated by a desire to drive out low income families and recent Latin American immigrants by eliminating their children’s transportation to school. For now, however, the buses will be back.