California to cut school bus funding

whiskeyguy

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Governor Jerry Brown put the breaks on school bus services throughout California Tuesday, potentially leaving thousands of school children out in the cold and without a way to get to and from school.

The $248 million “trigger-cut” – which will be instituted on January 1, 2012 – was only a piece of the nearly $1 billion that Brown wiped off the California budget books. “This is not the way we like to run California, but we have to live within our means,” said Brown during his press conference.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Unified School District plans to file suit in order to stop the state from taking the much-needed funds. On Tuesday, Superintendent John Deasy stated that the cuts would leave 35,000 students and 13,000 special needs students in the district without a way to get to school.

The purge to school bus funding could have a dramatic impact to the budget of school districts – which also received a roughly $80 million cut – throughout the state.

School districts will still have the opportunity to maintain bus services. However, those funds will have to be paid out of their already shrinking pockets –meaning that funds will have to come from other aspects of the education budget, potentially costing jobs or class days – or out of their reserves.

Though the cuts were deep and painful, they were not as bad as once feared. Enough revenues flooded into the state to fend off much of a potential $1.5 billion cut to education. The large potential cut caused many districts to budget both properly and safely this last fiscal year, leaving stockpiles of cash in their reserves.

The initial impact of these cuts will be softened a bit by the stockpiles of cash; however, a year or two down the road the cuts to bus services along with the potential for more cuts to education could leave districts struggling to make ends meet. That is, unless they continue their frugal ways that protected them during the current budget crisis.
http://news.yahoo.com/wheels-california-school-buses-no-longer-round-round-000542725.html

At first this made no fucking sense to me, but after thinking about it I suppose transporting kids to school should be the responsibility of each individual district, not that of the state. Of course I doubt the state is going to cut taxation so each district can then tax more locally to compensate.

I also love how they go after the cost of transporting the kids to school so they can actually learn, rather than attaching the teachers' union and their obnoxious compensation... because that's more important than getting the kids to the classroom.
 

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I also love how they go after the cost of transporting the kids to school so they can actually learn, rather than attaching the teachers' union and their obnoxious compensation... because that's more important than getting the kids to the classroom.

the bus driver union just isn't powerful enough
 

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http://news.yahoo.com/wheels-california-school-buses-no-longer-round-round-000542725.html

At first this made no fucking sense to me, but after thinking about it I suppose transporting kids to school should be the responsibility of each individual district, not that of the state. Of course I doubt the state is going to cut taxation so each district can then tax more locally to compensate.

I also love how they go after the cost of transporting the kids to school so they can actually learn, rather than attaching the teachers' union and their obnoxious compensation... because that's more important than getting the kids to the classroom.
They already agreed to a paycut this year.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lan...o-accept-temporary-pay-cut-to-spare-jobs.html
 

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For some reason I really see no problem with this and actually hope something like that happens where I live.

Whenever the casino I work at feels we are going to be extremely busy they have us park at a nearby school and they shuttle us in. During that ride I see ALOT of school buses parked there and I think how much tax money is spend on the cost of the buses themselves,gas,driver salaries,maintenance costs and whatever else comes along with it. Its alot of money that could be saved, and I was only looking at one schools buses.

BTW I do have a kid in school so its not like I wouldn't be affected if they did this here. I guess to me its like when Jimmy goes off about how if you have kids they are your responsibility and not to expect everyone else to help you out.
 

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For some reason I really see no problem with this and actually hope something like that happens where I live.

Whenever the casino I work at feels we are going to be extremely busy they have us park at a nearby school and they shuttle us in. During that ride I see ALOT of school buses parked there and I think how much tax money is spend on the cost of the buses themselves,gas,driver salaries,maintenance costs and whatever else comes along with it. Its alot of money that could be saved, and I was only looking at one schools buses.

BTW I do have a kid in school so its not like I wouldn't be affected if they did this here. I guess to me its like when Jimmy goes off about how if you have kids they are your responsibility and not to expect everyone else to help you out.
Well that's why maybe it should be district by district. I live in a rural area so buses are essential... many kids that went to my high school live up to ten mile away and a few live closer to 30 miles away. Busing them that far to one high school is cheaper than maintaining smaller high schools. However, living in a rural area is a choice and I don't especially feel comfortable making people in large cities (where the students don't live more than a mile away) pay for that service. In the same sense, money shouldn't be taken out of my district to pay for special logistical expenses unique to their districts.

Really my only problem with California cutting this funding is they won't cut the taxation they justified by providing it.
 
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Don't we hear something like this from California at least once a year? Cutting music, sports, etc. What the fuck is left to cut in California? Do kids even have classes any more?

Hey Cali, your socialist ways don't work.