State Funding of Pupil Transportation Programs

Skloot, Floyd
November 1978
Education Digest;Nov1978, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p24
This article discusses several issues related to the state funding of pupil transportation programs. Rochester, Washington, is a small rural community about 30 miles south of the state capital in Olympia. Approximately 1,100 children come daily into the three schools that comprise Rochester District 401. It is safe to say that Rochester is a typical rural community in Washington's western corridor. This makes what happened there especially interesting for those concerned with school funding problems. Alerted school districts began reexamining their transportation programs, writing legislators, talking of getting out of the bus business, or cutting back service. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction was asked to explore alternative systems of funding pupil transportation service. Transportation service as a management issue is a kind of growth industry for consulting firms. But management improvements are not likely to significantly impact costs or efficiencies from the view-point of state funding authorities. Transportation may have low visibility as a public issue, but it is characterized by strong, effective lobbies and the potential for volatility.


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