Efficiency: Are current school transportation systems efficiently, cost-effectively, and safely serving schools’ needs?
Education: Are those systems meeting the needs of students and families as well as supporting their ability to access schools equitably?
Environment: Are student transportation systems minimizing their environmental impact in the communities they serve?
The image emerging from our work is grim. School districts struggle to provide efficient service in the face of escalating costs and increasingly complex education systems where more and more students attend schools outside their neighborhoods. Stagnant state funding streams force districts either to sacrifice service quality and forego system upgrades or divert funds from other purposes. Federal and state regulations concerning student safety and special student populations’ educational rights are at odds with strategies to improve efficiency. All those competing priorities must be carefully balanced.
Factors such as a shortage of qualified bus drivers and fuel market volatility further complicate these matters. Also, districts have largely failed to adopt even basic technologies to improve data collection as well as operational and cost-efficiency, much less major overhauls, such as replacing diesel with alternative fuels.
The 74 Million -- What if we told you there were other test consortia, flying under the radar of Common Core backlash, with as many or more states participating -- including states that backed out of PARCC and Smarter Balanced?
The 74 Million -- Hailly T.N. Korman gives testimony before the California Senate Education Committee on SB 304, a state bill to define the required elements of an education transition plan for a student leaving a juvenile court school and returning to a community-based school.