About one-third of Akron school buses are dedicated to transporting students who attend charter schools, the Beacon Journal reports. That left us wondering:
Do all charter school students get free rides to school?
The answer: Not exactly.
The rules are basically the same for both traditional public and charter school students: School districts generally must provide transportation for both traditional public and charter school students in grades K-8 who live more than 2 miles from school.
(There are some exceptions to these rules, notably for students with disabilities.)
The difference is geography. Take a look at the map below.
- Many charter school students attend schools more than 2 miles away from their homes and thus do qualify for busing. The district does not provide transportation for the relatively few Akron charter school students who attend schools closer to their homes.
- Most Akron traditional public school students are assigned to schools within 2 miles of their homes, so do not qualify for busing. (Akron does not provide busing for students who transfer to a different district school, even if that school is more than 2 miles away from the students’ homes.)
School districts receive some additional state funding — a total of about $442 million statewide last year — to for student transportation. Charter schools do not receive that funding.
Akron City Schools and Akron Charter Schools
Last year, there were 13 brick-and-mortar charter schools in Akron and 48 district schools. On the map below, district schools are indicated by yellow markers; charter schools are indicated by green markers.