Y’all might be aware that I’ve been busy with the Hoover Board of Education lately.
And then the Board, after intervention by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), and during Monday’s Regular board meeting, rescinded the motion to eliminate school buses.
Superintendent Andy Craig said he hopes to work out a model that allows the district to charge those dependent on school bus transportation a fee to cover the unfunded portion of school bus transportation. Unfunded?
Whose responsibility is it to fund bus transportation to and from schools? The state? The local district?
If State Department of Education Chief of Staff Dr. Craig Pouncey has a say, it looks like it might be another Public Education User Fee for families.
The DOJ is still at the table and will likely have a say in how this works out. Here is the request for information to Hoover City Schools Board attorney Donald Sweeney from the DOJ. Here’s a bit more information about desegregation orders.
U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance shared this information on Tuesday, December 10, with local news station CBS 42:
Time to consider whether User Fees for Public School Buses is an appropriate burden to place on Alabama’s families. What costs should a state bear for public education? Should families pay User Fees for basic education services?
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