Franklin Township School Corporation decided to implement the fee in response to cuts in funding from the state. Parents and state officials have repeatedly criticized the move claiming charging for bus service creates a barrier to free public education.
A story from Network Indiana about the ongoing controversy of bussing fees at Franklin Township.
Franklin Township will defend its controversial busing fees in court. In a vote of 3-2, the school board voted to go ahead with litigation to defend the district against a suit filed seeking class-action status.
The school district partnered this year with the Central Indiana Educational Service Center to offer bus service at a cost of $475 per child. Some parents say the district is fighting an uphill battle. Franklin Township Superintendent Walter Bourke said the courts can decide the issue.
There are currently automatic cuts to a number of education programs– many of which could affect schools in Indiana.
The Indiana State General Assembly opened the the first day of the session earlier today.
“Right To Work” currently tops the charts as the issue of the moment for many publications in Indiana. But last year’s legislative agenda was filled with hotly contested fights over things like charter schools, vouchers, and collective bargaining for teachers. So StateImpact asked the question burning on everyone’s mind. Is there any unfinished education business waiting to be discussed?
To answer this question, we take a look at publications around the state.
Given the billions spent on school system operational budgets, (Senator Jim) Banks (R Columbia City) is persuaded at this point that superintendent salaries are “sort of just a bump in the mountain of the issue.” Reducing severance pay to superintendents and decreasing school corporations’ health insurance obligations will be focal points of whatever legislation he produces before January.