I know we're supposed to be auto-sympathetic because "think of the children" but I'm really not seeing it.
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Seriously why can't kids just WALK to school or ride bikes? Kids who are unwilling to commute THAT way can take mom-Taxi or public transit... right? [for young-uns the school is usually pretty close to where they live UNLESS some school district decides to shift students around for political reasons].
In cases of 'school choice' commutes to non-neighborhood schools by the kids, I suppose THE PARENTS may actually need to provide something... and it may end up being FASTER than the 'short bus'.
So in short, I just want to bring the "why do we need buses for the kids, exactly?" monkey wrench into the room. [for those who really DO need the buses, sure, have a bus, but I suspect that many of these routes may not be TRULY necessary]
And I just thought I'd go ahead and make the "When I was your age" rant while I'm at it. Even when I was in KINDERGARTEN, I actually DID walk to/from school, although it was only a few city blocks. And for 1st through part of 4th grade, there was a very steep hill involved.
when I *DID* have to ride a bus it was LITERALLY because of "busing", i.e. the closer school was NOT for me for some reason (overcrowding usually). So the problem was NOT the need for a BUS, but the locations of the schools, i.e. the fault of the school districts and city planners and local politicians.
so we can put the blame where it BELONGS: *GUMMINT*