Well, I'll agree they are kissing something of Big Labor.
I went to Catholic school in Queens. Tuition was $48/year per student, to a maximum of $96/year per family. We walked to school and 48 kids per class, with very little “enrichment” (i.e., side shows and distractions). Still, I would prefer that to being an inmate of a contemporary NYC school.
Because driving a bus takes so much skill and expertise. Especially when your getting paid 6 figures to do it.
School buses need to be done away with. It’s just one more way children are being made sitting ducks for lunatics
Holy CRAP! That’s an unconscionable waste of money!
And we will save money by letting the government run our healthcare system.
That is an immense amount of money, more than many school districts lay out per capita for ALL costs of education. And it seems incredible that a far-flung city like LA could spend less transporting students than they do in the relatively compact urban neighborhoods of New York.
This cries out for a thorough forensic audit. I suspect you’ll find massive bribes to the politicos responsible for this squandering.
1/3 of the students have disabilities!
I shudder to wonder what the fools of our local scrool district spend on transportation. If I happen to get off schedule in the morning I can be behind as many as three busses in a line on the same route and I know they run three times each morning... early, mid and late bus. Simply incredible.
And yet, the busses have hardly anyone on them but little brown children and very few of those. Most of the little chilrens get transported by some parent unit by car and the line at scrool proves it. Can you say major traffic jam? They line up for at least a mile in the evening and almost as long in the morning.
We lived near the middle of the section and more kids lived on the other three sides of the section so guess what? The bus went around those sides and we walked to the corner to meet the bus. Sure didn’t kill us but it sure was cold and wet and snowy. Guess what else? We never questioned why other kids had the bus at their front door because what was done made good sense. I always did wonder though why we never built a bus shelter on that corner since we owned it? That was not smart. ‘Course, I look at what we have now vs then and see why... it cost money and we didn’t have any extra for such!! Dad didn’t think we were suffering either. We survived and seem to have prospered to become engineer, inventor, business owner, computer scientist, veterinarian and doctor with the occasional MBA or something thrown in along the way. All from public school and state university and all paid for along the way by working when we could except the doc and vet. We made it because we were expected to.
Probably because the kids keep stealing the bus wheels.
There is a lot not explained in this column.
From looking at other sources, it appears that many NYC school kids actually do get metro passes. It looks like only grade-school kids get “yellow bus service”. (special needs also get bus service).
My guess is that most of the costs are for the special transportation needs of the disabled (kids who have an “individualized education plan”.
A while back, we had this push to “mainline” disabled kids, to make them “feel better”. Frankly, a lot of the costs of public schools are driven by these special needs kids.
I don’t think most taxpayers understand how much of their money is spent to provide cradle-to-grave care and nurturing for those who are disabled.
Especially when many of them aren’t what you would considered “disabled”.
When my son first started school, he did not communicate well verbally. The school suggested he should be put in a special speech program. I told them I didn’t want to cost money, and their response was that their federal funding was based on how many kids they signed up, so each kid they could bring into the program actually lowered the total cost of the program to our school system.
This no doubt encourages the re-labelling of kids as needing special care, which drives up the costs overall.
Anyway, it wouldn’t take that many kids who need a medical professional to transport the child from their apartment to school and back, to drive up overall costs to $6900 per student.
I occasionally go to school, and I often see the special needs kids being walked around the halls. Each kid being pushed around by an adult employee. So you can imagine that for these kids, the cost per student for school is about the cost of a full-time employee, $50,000 or more.
New York is spending massive sums of money on an education system that has a near 50% drop put rate and graduates students who are functioning at an 8th grade level with may being functionally illiterate.
Perhaps the is overspending and the fact that everyone responsible is spending all their time and effort grubbing for money and not educating children.
Children are no longer the purpose of our education system in these cities, they are props used to extort money for the grifters in the system.