Combined bus routes leave children ri...

Combined bus routes leave children riding over an hour

There are 17 comments on the Newsday story from Dec 4, 2008, titled Combined bus routes leave children riding over an hour. In it, Newsday reports that:

A school bus picks up the first of about a dozen students in the South Huntington school district who attend St.

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Duh

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Dec 4, 2008
Private school = self transportation!

But they should get those kids home sooner!
anonymous

Yaphank, NY

#2 Dec 4, 2008
Well then have the parents drive them
Balldroppa Shea

Suffern, NY

#3 Dec 4, 2008
Hey Tommyboy......why don't you load them into your old camper and drive the kids to school? Heck,you make a qtr mil every year to do nothing so why not earn a little?

“Melissa says, "om"”

Since: Apr 08

Suffolk County

#6 Dec 4, 2008
Think of it as preparation for sitting in Long Island traffic when they're commuting to their jobs in the real world.

Added bonus: extra time on the bus means less time sitting in front of the tv or video games!

You have to look at the positives.
liner

Bronx, NY

#7 Dec 4, 2008
Not fair for the taxpayers of the district to foot the bill towards the private education of these kids. Let the parents of the kids involved pay for it.
Eric

United States

#8 Dec 4, 2008
Get over it! Welcome to the real world, where commuting via public transportation takes longer than 10 minutes. Maybe if these parents stopped bitching to the school district insisting that the bus stop right in front of their house, it wouldn't take so long. I can't tell you how many stops the same bus makes along the half-mile strip of road right by my house. What ever happened to walking to the designated bus stop at the corner? People complain about high taxes and then pitch a fit when changes are implemented to cut costs. Sounds like Democrats to me!
Dopey

Nokomis, FL

#9 Dec 4, 2008
this is how they treat children! You have got to be kidding! They are spoiled! We already have a give me, give me generation! How about teaching a little sacrifice! Things could be worse, parents could be taking them or they could walk! Give me a break!
joe

Passaic, NJ

#10 Dec 4, 2008
liner wrote:
Not fair for the taxpayers of the district to foot the bill towards the private education of these kids. Let the parents of the kids involved pay for it.
dont they pay school taxes also?
K Howard

Bainbridge, NY

#11 Dec 4, 2008
But let's follow the Gov's recommendation and consolidate more schools and have more kids riding buses for an hour or more.

Cost savings are great, aren't they?
Schoolbus

Auburn, CA

#12 Dec 4, 2008
Ride time of an hour and a half is not uncommon. School buses have been shown to be the safest transportation, yet parents and politicians require seatbelts adding to the cost the buses. Air resources Board's are moving toward diesel particulate filters increasing the cost of transportation and requiring the replacement of some older buses. Administrators must and do always consider the impact of decisions on a student's education. First and foremost is providing an education (Books or Buses). In our state, time and again the public refuses to fund education and transportation to meet the levels the they then demand. Shorter ride times cost more. If society feels the shorter ride time is necessary, then the necessary funds will be provided. While the parents may not like the 1.5 hour ride time, society has deemed that it is a an acceptable level of service.
liner

Bronx, NY

#13 Dec 4, 2008
joe wrote:
<quoted text>dont they pay school taxes also?
I'm quite sure they do, but why should other taxpayers contribute towards a private education that they do not benefit from? The parents involved should assume any costs over and above that which is provided to all students in the district. They made the decision to incur these costs that all residents must pay. Sort of like how unfunded mandates work.
Sick of It All

Tarrytown, NY

#14 Dec 4, 2008
liner wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm quite sure they do, but why should other taxpayers contribute towards a private education that they do not benefit from? The parents involved should assume any costs over and above that which is provided to all students in the district. They made the decision to incur these costs that all residents must pay. Sort of like how unfunded mandates work.
Exactly. I'm sure the children would not be on the bus if they went to their local public school. These parents choose to sent their children to private schools, they cannot expect the taxpayers to fund extra busing just for the select few that go to private schools.
If these parents don't want their child on a bus for that long, then they should drive their children themselves, or organize a car pool with other parents in their area who send their own children to the same private school.

Since: Jul 08

South Shore of LI

#15 Dec 4, 2008
liner wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm quite sure they do, but why should other taxpayers contribute towards a private education that they do not benefit from? The parents involved should assume any costs over and above that which is provided to all students in the district. They made the decision to incur these costs that all residents must pay. Sort of like how unfunded mandates work.
No one said the taxpayers were paying for their private school education. By law a local district does have to provide certain services to kids going to private schools. This includes transportation with the same limits provided in the district, books and even the cost of a school nurse gets pro-rated and charged to the district. It's the law. I don't agree with it but I can't change it.
tired of it

Bedminster, NJ

#16 Dec 4, 2008
You should live Upstate. One hour, That's standard.
joe

Passaic, NJ

#17 Dec 5, 2008
liner wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm quite sure they do, but why should other taxpayers contribute towards a private education that they do not benefit from? The parents involved should assume any costs over and above that which is provided to all students in the district. They made the decision to incur these costs that all residents must pay. Sort of like how unfunded mandates work.
got you
liner

Bronx, NY

#18 Dec 5, 2008
Molly is my name wrote:
<quoted text>
No one said the taxpayers were paying for their private school education. By law a local district does have to provide certain services to kids going to private schools. This includes transportation with the same limits provided in the district, books and even the cost of a school nurse gets pro-rated and charged to the district. It's the law. I don't agree with it but I can't change it.
Sorry I'm late getting back to the discussion.
I know the taxpayers aren't paying for the private school, but my point was, by paying for the busses, they are contributing to these kids private education. I do know the law and, like you, I disagree with it, but what are you going to do? Cheers.
Amazed

Garden City, NY

#19 Dec 5, 2008
boo hoo. Let me get my violin. Don't raise our taxes, but make sure our kids are driven to school in less time.

Oh boy..

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