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Taxpayers foot the bill for school buses to charter schools

Taxpayers foot the bill for school buses to charter schools

(Akron) — A newspaper is reporting that taxpayers are largely footing the bill for public school buses that have to drive farther to transport students attending charter schools.

State officials have forced traditional public schools to traverse their cities to pick up and deliver kids to privately run charter schools, often while cutting transportation to their own kids.

The Akron Beacon-Journal analyzed statewide data and determined that it costs about 44 percent more per child to deliver the charter school attendees door to door.

A child attending a traditional public school and transported on a district bus cost on average $4.30 per day in 2012. For a charter-school student, it was $6.18 — or $1.88 more per day.

Since then, 22,000 more kids have been enrolled at the state's charter schools. 

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