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I don't think that the part about almost all parents being forced to drive their kids to school is quite accurate.

1. MCPS says that they bus 100,000 children.(I don't know if that means that MCPS gives 100,000 children the option of taking the school bus, or if it means that 100,000 children actually do take the school bus.) MCPS total enrollment is about 146,500.

2. As I recall, the reason the parent was responsible for providing transportation (which the parent did do, by buying a bus pass) is because the family had moved out of the school's boundaries. Otherwise either MCPS would have considered the child a walker, or MCPS would have been responsible for transportation, via school bus.

Also, really, I think that what worried the other parents was not that the child was taking the public bus, but rather, more generally, that the child was out in the world on her own. They would probably also have wanted to call CPS if the child had walked to school by herself, or biked by herself.

by Miriam on Nov 19, 2012 10:24 am • linkreport

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