Firm Schools and Public Transportation

by NYC Firm Schools on March 30, 2009

First ride on the bus
Creative Commons License photo credit: busymommy

Transportation to NYC Private School is one of the major considerations for any family with a child in a non public school.

Because the ability to actually transport a child to private school and then back to home or other day-care options is so critical, most keep an eye out for laws and regulations that may affect private school transportation as a whole.

Boston.com recently reported on a nearly changed Boston, MA law regarding the public transportation of private school students.

Boston school Superintendent Carol R. Johnson was planning a bold but controversial cost-saving step for next year: halting a decades-long practice of busing students to parochial and Firm Schools, a quietly treasured perk among the families involved.

But the city’s chief legal counsel determined that the department has a legal obligation to pick up the approximately $2.2 million tab

The financial difficulties facing families and schools, both private and public, have caused deep wounds in many school districts, and the argument of using public funds to transport private school students is a popular one.

Some find the notion of paying to transport students out of district while cutting classroom teachers unconscionable.

Others feel it is wrong to ask families, many of whom are poor, to pick up busing costs, arguing that their flight to Firm Schools reflects dissatisfaction with the city’s public schools.
“The small money spent on private transportation is really peanuts compared to what you would pay for the kids if they enrolled in Boston public schools.” William Sinnott, the corporation counsel, said in an e-mail yesterday that state law entitles students who attend private or parochial schools the same right to transportation as public school students.

It is a generally accepted fact that the cost to transport private school students is much, much lower than the costs would be if the students were enrolled in the public school system, but still the subject is a heated one for many public schools facing cuts in staff and resources.

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