August 27th, 2009
09:28 PM ET

Bus Stops and Budget Cuts

At a Georgia county not far from CNN, many students are going to have a longer walk to the bus stop.  A Montana high school recently launched four-day school weeks.  And in Houston, Texas, most students living within two miles of their schools will have to walk, bike, or get a ride.

It's all designed to save school systems money.  Over the past year, I've seen stories about cancelled field trips, cancelled after-school activities, and cancelled bus routes.  These are all examples of how the recession is personally affecting you.  But you're finding your way through it - like millions of other Americans - and for that, you should be proud.

How are you holding up?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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  1. Tyler

    The recession hasn't effected me at all. I don't think we were hit as hard as others were with this recession.

    August 27, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  2. Karlee

    What if there was a little orphaned boy suffering from polio who lived in a shack a mile and a half from the school, who usually depended on the school bus to transport him to his education sessions each day, as he has no one else on whom he can rely to do such a thing? Did the school systems ever think of that?

    August 28, 2009 at 12:32 am |
  3. Alex

    I see this as a reasonable reaction to have buses only outside of a two mile radius of a school. The students that live within the two mile radius, will just have to obtain a different mode of transportation.

    August 28, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  4. Syera

    I think it’s wrong to not go pick up kids that live 2 miles or less away from the school, because some might not have rides to school or they should not have to walk. And some kids don’t own a bike, or maybe some of the students don’t have a car so I think I don’t think its fire.

    August 28, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  5. Jacob

    Its not fair for kids to have to walk to school. Some kids parents may not want their kids to walk two miles by themselves. also for those that do live two miles away and cant walk: their parents might leave early and they cant take them to school because they leave so early.

    August 28, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  6. Unknown

    This needs to be done. School busses should not stop at each and every individuals stop, and there is a need for group stops. Apart from allowing bus drivers to not have to drive through an entire neighborhood to pick up a kid who could have just walked to the pre set stop it is a very time consuming practice to stop for each person.

    August 28, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  7. Austin

    I personally dont think that its right to make some kids walk two miles home due to the buses not taking them. Most parents wont have the time to leave work and pick up there kids, thats the reason the school bus started in the first place. You hear about all kinds of money being spent on other somewhat useless things, cant they just give a little more to the school systems.

    August 28, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  8. Andres

    Do you remember the days… The days when we all used to sing the magic school bus song, and then follow it up like dessert with some the wheels on the bus go round and round? Whatever happened to those days…? Now… This is ridiculous. No, not really. But seriously I couldn’t live without my great yellowy bus! It’s my savior.

    August 28, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  9. Janai

    I don't think that they should cut buses, because we need them to get to school, and without that mode of transportation how would we get to and from school. Not all parents have other opions on getting there child to and from school.

    August 28, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  10. Katie

    Schools have to do whatever it takes to survive in our economy. If it takes budget cuts and fewer school bus stops, then that’s what they have to do. Students should learn responsibility and be able to handle problems in the economy. I agree that it is very unfair, but since when has life ever been fair?

    August 28, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  11. colin

    i think that they should not take busses away becasue there is no way to get to school if there parents cant get a ride and than they have tardys and than they eventually get kicked out of school

    August 28, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  12. Surada

    I’m ride the bus in the morning and in the afternoon, but my parents take my little siblings to school. I don’t think they’re going to cut off my bus. Because in my bus we have a lot of people. But this really doesn’t matter to me because in like a month I will have my friend drive me home : )

    August 28, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  13. adrien

    i think that it will help our economy money wise, that the pollution will decrease the rate of global warning......

    August 28, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  14. Camille

    I think that buses should keep their regular route if only because of the family conditions. Of course, it's possible for most people, if they don't have medical conditions, to walk two miles, but I think it should be the parents' choice. Keep in mind that most families drive their children to school, and if the parents don't have time to drive their children to school, have to leave before the school time or don't have a car, then this decision would force their children to walk two miles. Don't get me wrong, I think it's good that the students can get some exercise in before school starts, but I think that it is wrong to force them to. It should be their decision. They should be able to choose between walking and riding the bus.
    As for economical reasons, if these are public schools, the government doesn't have that much of a reason to save maybe 100 dollars by taking away some kids' privilege to walk.

    August 28, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  15. lakia

    i think that they should not cut budges because by time the kids get to the bus stop they might miss their bus so they should leave everything the way it is.

    August 28, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  16. Paul

    Well, if people need to walk to the bus stop, than people have to walk to the bus stop. Why not get some excercise, people?!! The kids can walk, unless they want their school to go bankrupt!!! I walk to school every day, and it's no problem. Try it sometimes, people!


    August 28, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  17. Shawnicee

    I personally believe that it is a good idea but at the same time a bad one. I believe it is a bad idea because little kids who will have to walk to school because their parents are at work or are unable to walk their kids to school it will be unsafe. For one because they are to young and their are a lot of crazy people out there who will hurt them. Although it believe it is a bad idea i believe it is a good idea as well. It is a good idea to save the earth and to save money on gas. So my idea is that if little kids have to walk to school who's parents are unable to take them.They should get a older kids that go to the same school and have to walk. Let them walk with them so maybe they will be a little safe. That is how i feel about the bus problem.

    August 28, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  18. kirk

    this is a good thing in my eyes. Now the gas pollution will be a hole lot less. Also kids will get more excersize

    August 28, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  19. Utau

    I don't have this problem, since I live too far away to walk and since I live in a nighborhood I just ctach the bus at teh street corner. Now this seems liek a bit of a good idea since schools need money, but from the student's point of view-it sucks. Especailly if you live where it gets really cold in the winter...since waiting for busses in the winter sucks.

    August 28, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  20. Ruby

    Well this year I will have to take the bus and it will be longer than other years. During the winter I'll have to get a ride from friends or my parents because the buses will be cancelled to save the school money. Many of the school bus stops have been cancelled and he buses are getting fuller and fuller. All we can do is hope that the ecomny gets better FAST!

    August 28, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  21. diana

    They should not cut buses.

    August 29, 2009 at 7:18 am |
  22. Daniel

    I think that the school is just not being fair with the kids who ride the school bus should be able to voice their comments before they take action. The School Board is just trying to save money for their own pockets,it's not like our parents have to bring us to school I mean they have to go to work,and a lot of other things like Healthcare ,Dentists appointments,and many more.

    August 29, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  23. secret

    yes they should but wut if they live in a neighborhood where it is'nt great to be walking to school and from school alone

    August 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  24. Miranda

    Well, I don't live in Georgia, I live in Arizona, so I'm lucky to actually have a bus to ride on, but I think that it might be okay for kids to walk or ride their bike to school. They should manage, except if they live really far away or if their parents can't drop them off. I really think that it's silly how some kids don't get a bus. Really? Saving money? Maybe, but did they think about how it would affect the kids?

    August 29, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  25. Darian

    I think this is very unfair. You would not see me waliking to school every morning when i cauld have taken the bus.

    August 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  26. Anonymous

    wut if parents are 2 miles and dont have a car then how is that kid goin to get to school? they should keep the same routes and montana should go to school from monday to friday.

    August 30, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  27. kyle

    look at what these people are doing to these kids. making them walk. montana should not be on a 4 day week of school. it should be like the others. wut if the the kid cant walk and dont have a bike and cant get a ride? who ever thought of this should be ashamed.

    August 30, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  28. Dave


    We need some responsible financial analyst to sit down and do some follow up to how and where the economy is in recession or ever went in recession. As far as the education goes, nothing should be cut down from that but from other places. One of the examples would be to stop giving out food stamps, and other extra income to the people that are earning good. The government in short needs to do more and more investment in the schools then any where else.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:15 am |
  29. kristin

    i think that even though the schools are going through the recesion, like everyone else, i still think that they should find safe ways to get their students home. i mean i live in miami and its not the safest place. So being a student and having to walk home, its kind of scary. And plus i get their at around 6:00 and still have homework to do, so by the time im done with everything its about 10:00. so back to the discussion what if that kid is lets say about 7 and has no one to pick him up, how is he to get home?
    i dont think they should have done this and still think they should have school buses.

    August 31, 2009 at 6:40 am |
  30. Otto

    Everywhere else in the world, kids walk to school. In Africa some kids walk ten miles to school. I don't see the need to pay for a bus stops that are a mile or so from the school. Unless it is a dangerous neighborhood or the child has a hard time walking, I don't see that it is necessary.

    August 31, 2009 at 7:19 am |
  31. Alyssa

    I think school bus should keep working because not all of the parents agree. From what I know, schools are trying to not use school buses to save some money, right? NOT using school buses for just one benefit???? I don't think it's a good idea!!! Students that have difficulties to walk to school might have took the school buses but if schools stop using school buses, what happens to them?? Of course, schools can say "Their parents can ride them to school." But the point is, why did the parents forced the students to ride the school buses when they have difficulties with walking?? Normally, because they are too busy!!! I'm sure they would want to ride their childrens to school if they have some difficulties!!! And how about the bus drivers?? There will be too much bus drivers losing jobs!!! There are more unbenefitial things than the beneficial things happening if schools stop using school buses!!!!!

    August 31, 2009 at 8:44 am |
  32. Abby

    Bus routes are there to pick up kids who live too far to walk or ride. Sure it may help the economy, but it's not fair to the kids. Let's put the little people first.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  33. Laura

    I think they should keep using buses because for some kids thats the only way they can get to school.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  34. chicko

    all i got to say is quit complaining and take yo buttocks to school

    August 31, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  35. Sameer

    I think that some kids dont have transportation so they need the bus. No bus means that some kids may have to walk and the may not be able to for example if you are handicapped and your parents can not drive you to school

    August 31, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  36. Kennedy

    i think that it is a good idea to cut bus stops....its good for the economy....... and i hate the bus.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  37. Morgan

    You see the government soending money on such useless causes, Why give money to a car dealership thats just going to slip through the cracks. They always seem to look over the important things, teachers are underpayed, schools are falling down from the inside out, in times like these we cant afford all the gas and the polution but nobody seems to care

    August 31, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  38. Carli

    I think that school should make more cuts. Kids can walk as long as they are not too far. It will make kids healthier, and it will help the enviornment.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  39. Leo

    WHAT?!?!?!?!WHY?whats the point in walking all the way to your bus stop?Ok picture this,we all have those days when we have projects and are up all night workin on them so you over sleep.Then you gotta get dressed quick and run down to the bus stop.Well what if that bus stop is farther down the street.You are going to miss your bus. What kind of sick person came up with that idea.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  40. Cole

    Its stupid to take away something that not only is getting kids to and from school but also has many employees that will have salary cuts or be fired when there is other stuff that can be taken away without any effect at all.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  41. K-Patt

    Without kids, there wouldn't be school. So when they stop kids from being able to have a ride or go to school, then there is no point in it. Parents might not have another way of getting their child safely to school. So, i don't think its fair.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  42. Travis

    I dont think its fair for the students to walk to school. Some kids live far away and i think its very dangerous for kids to walk. I think the school should provide buses to kids becuase the parents pay taxes for them to go too school.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  43. Sarah

    School systems are spending money on very useless things that many teachers are probably not even going to use. I don’t think that with them spending money these things should punish the kid from having to walk with limited bus stops. Maybe if we quit spending money on things like this then they will have the money for the buses to go and get the kids and take them to school.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  44. Cal

    Ithink that there are good and bad things about this. One good thing is that it will help the enviorment and make some kids get a workout. But it will also be very difficult for some kids to even get to school. A problem solver for this would be car pooling and everyone just splits the cost of gas.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  45. toray

    weather the bus comes or not, ima have a ride to and from school, cause i got friends that drive n' such.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  46. Bree

    People should try and give more money to the schools. That way they won’t have to make it to where students will have to walk or anything. Because some students may not have a way to get to and from school every day and students may not have a bike or anything that they Can use.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  47. Patty

    It is my opinion that there is no way the recession has affected the schools that much. It’s just stupid to cut bus routes from that close to the school. Sure, the kids could walk, but why do it? As far as I’m concerned in all of this, the buses aren’t going to just magically appear at the farther away houses and not use the gas or whatever; they’re going to have to drive past the houses that are close so why not allow the students that live close to ride the bus?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  48. Michael

    I think that all these things are necessary. If a student does live within 2 miles of the school then they should walk. It keeps us healthy and doesn’t waste gas and pollute the air. But I don’t think that they should cancel bus routes to kids who live farther away than 2 miles.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  49. Leo

    well, I don't know what to say if they stop funding buses then I'm out of luck. The bus is really the only way i can get to school the same goes for a lot of other kids the won't be able to go to school. Schools should keep the buses up and running some how.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  50. EO

    I personally live beside the school, so if the buses all blew up I could walk. However, some kids aren’t as lucky to be able to see their high school from their window, so they need forms of transportation to make it to school. Their parents may not be able to provide a ride, and if the school cant, well then they can’t go to school.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  51. Avery

    I think that if you are trying to save money then you should STOP putting up stupid new neighborhoods or new buildings that just sit there vacant. If you are making budget cuts for bus riders within a two mile radius of the school then you're just being ridiculous. Some kids don't have any other way to and from school but the bus. And, besides making children walk on the street/sidewalk or whatever is just wrong, in my opinion.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  52. Nick

    I think that this unfair to the kids that did not choose to live that close to school, and having to find a ride other then the bus to get to school because of it. I also remember a law that was made stating that students are not permitted to walk to school because of safety reasons, or something along those lines; if this law is still in effect, then how are the unfortunate students that will not be provided with a bus and who don’t have any other ride to school, supposed to get to school? Does this mean that the students that do not have a ride to school will get punished for not being able to get to school? I do not think that this is the right way to go, there are other things that are less important that can be reduced or restricted.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  53. Sarah

    I think that it is a good idea for them to cut bus stops and the budget. By doing this, so much money will be saved and used for many other more important things. Just by cutting some bus stops, more people will have to walk further and it will give them good exercise making them more healthy. It will all around be good for the economy.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  54. patrick

    I think that it should be done because busses are just wasting gas going to pick up the other people. Some of the kids are old enough to drive their vehicles to school. And the little ones should let their mothers drive to school. Or they can ride with a older brother or sister.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  55. Kara

    I think that here we weren’t hit as hard as other counties. Though we have been hurting here we are doing better than most counties. I think that we will have trouble but we are doing pretty well. I feel pretty bad for the persons who has to walk, that’s a long way for Elementary school kids. A lot can happen between their home and school. I don’t think that it is safe for them to walk.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  56. JJ

    Bus stops should not be taken away because some student’s parents either have to get to work early and can’t take them or they may not even own a car. I don’t see how it is going to cost that much more money for just a few more buses and bus routes.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  57. Brandon

    I saw this coming, sooner or later this was going to happen, in California they’re in dept so bad that they cut all the fun things from school system like field trips football teams and other things that might need to cause the school system to spend more money

    August 31, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  58. zach

    that is stupid. to not pick kids up who live within two miles of the school because what if they do sports and hae to carry their euipment those two miles? i mean that would be rediculous for parents to let their kids do. i would be mad if that were to happen to my kid.

    August 31, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  59. Ben

    I think that the school is just not being fair with the kids who ride the school bus should be able to voice their comments before they take action. The School Board is just trying to save money for their own pockets,it’s not like our parents have to bring us to school I mean they have to go to work,and a lot of other things like Healthcare ,Dentists appointments,and many more.

    August 31, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  60. william

    I think that it is crazy that they have to cut anything from education. They are basically cutting money from their future, and our learning experience. If they keep cutting money, then the congress men will feel it soon. When they are old and we kids, now grown up, are voting on senior citizen care.

    August 31, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  61. Ronaldo

    When the buses go round and round, my life gets this excitement from nowhere else, it’s something special… It’s like a Saturday at the tennis courts, or like a Friday at the playground... It’s just like the greatest feeling in the world. I think the buses should go on FOREVER and never stop…

    August 31, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  62. Greg

    If there are buget cuts on the school, then why of all thimgs should it be what gets us away from this stupid place. If your going to cut the school's buget, cut the things that don't matter like books.

    August 31, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  63. Celia

    In our area of Ohio we are experiencing the bus cuts also. Whenever a school levy is up for a vote, bus cutting is the first thing mentioned as leverage to get parents to approve levies. While walking is a good exercise in good weather, school boards do not take into consideration the fact that in many areas that means the children will have to walk on the berm or an uneven grass area along a busy street which puts them in danger. Perhaps high school age students may be able to handle this, or get a ride or drive...but certainly not younger ones. This is in addition to the other problems that parents are forced to face if they must leave the house before their children depart for school. School officials and Board members are critical of the public when levies are not approved, but even many of us who are backers of good education may have to vote "no" due to our personal financial situation under the current economy.

    August 31, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  64. Anonymous

    It's good for are parents cause wont they about spening money on gas

    August 31, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  65. Alex

    I think that schools need to keep this form of transportation and how it saves them money. This way, the schools have more money to spend on academics and athletics than transportation. Walking or carpooling is not the end of the world and people can do it if they just make time to.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  66. Mason

    I mean, you can walk to the bus stop but not everyone can walk or even ride a bike to school. Some people live many miles away from school. If you want to wake up at 4 a.m . and then ride 10 miles to school, be my guest.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  67. Brandy

    Students should be able to ride the bus to school no matter how far away they live. Some students might have a broken bone and their parents can't drive them to school, then how will they get to school with out hurting them selves even more?

    August 31, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  68. Lana

    I don't think it's fair for some kids to have to walk or ride a bike 2 miles to school and back every day. If they make us go to school then they should have a way of transportation to get us there and back.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  69. Max

    The budget cuts should not affect the youth of America because the recession is our fault, just our problem. The generations before us should know that they have been through this before and how to get out of it. I'm not saying it is easy but taking this away from the children isn't right.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  70. Garrett

    I don’t think that the schools should stop giving bus services. Many of the kid’s parents might need the kids to ride the bus because they have to work. Also there should always be enough money for children’s education because the children are the future adults. I think that the school systems are a top priority.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  71. Haley

    Well the economy is bad I hope they don’t cut the bus cuts. I wouldn’t want to walk home in the rain or when it is hot outside. I ride the bus in the morning and in the afternoon I hope they don’t make people walk home because of the budgets cuts. People would not be happy if they found out they had to walk home from school.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  72. Aislinn

    I think it’s unfair to cut out bus stops. Some kids can’t get rides to school, so they would be forced to ride their bikes or walk to school. And let’s face it’s not always going to be a nice day, there are going to be many days when it rains.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  73. Taylor

    I think that it is dumb that they are cutting money for the school busses. They employ more people and they are very eco friendly. I think it would be better if everyone rode the bus to school. A lot of kid’s parents can’t drive them to school and some parents wouldn’t allow their children to walk. They should recall this immediately.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  74. Ben

    ah "budget cuts", "budget cuts" you know it really isn’t fair to kids who live 30 minutes from school to not have a bus to ride on. What if their parents are already at work by the time the bus comes. All I’m saying is that it isn’t fair.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  75. Chase

    Cutting out bus stops is stupid. They want to make people walk to school within two miles of the school. That would take forever for someone to walk two miles. People would have to leave their home thirty minutes early in order for them to get to school on time.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  76. Liz

    I say that they should make the budget cut. Make the fat little brats walk! People are concerned about obesity in our country anyway. Let's start early and make kids walk to school. Make them walk to where they don't even want to be anyway.. yea..

    August 31, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  77. Jack

    I feel that children in neighborhoods that have sidewalks and are in walking distance from the school need to walk. Children in bad neighborhoods should have crossing guards at all stops. People who do not have the ability to walk or get a ride to school should be able to take the school buses.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  78. Leah

    I think that it is not fair for them to cut the bus systems. If some people get a ride the bus to school, then everyone should be able to ride the bus to school. It is also not fair that they just dropped a day of school. Yes, it does seem good. But this means that you have to go to school other times since you have to go to school a hundred and eighty days a year.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  79. James

    Unforntualy due to the economy we have to make cuts in certian areas that are semi non essential. Besides the money spent on buses and other school related things is a State and county thing not a federal thing. You cant blame the federal programs for this and so what if a person living within two miles of a school has to walk. America has health issues so this would help and it is good for the enviroment. This is how it was before buses so we really cant complain because they would have to walk farther then that.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  80. michael

    I think that it is a waste of time for kids t walk to school and it will be quiker for your parents to take you to school so you whant be late for school.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  81. Ale

    I think that this has really gotten out of hand. Some kids depend on the school bus to go to school and what are they going to do? I don't think taking away school buses is really going to help in the recession.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  82. John

    It is not fair to make certain students walk. While alternatives exist that do not punish bus rider, such as making a four-day school week, making fewer bus stops and making kids walk raises serious security issues. Either way, of all the funding to cut, busses should be at the bottom of the list.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  83. Jasmine

    I thnk that the schools should let you ride a bus because you attend their school and you go ther so you should not have to walk a long way but if you live close to the school you dont need to ride a bus

    August 31, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
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    August 31, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  85. joseph

    i think the buses souldn't stop because many kids live far away and this could cause many tardys at school which will turn into a bad thing later on. I invision the buses not stoping.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  86. nohemi

    I think that the schools spened a little more money for kids
    that live far away the sould be just because they souldn'tbe late to school.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  87. jackie

    I think that they should not stop the bussing because if the kids live far away and they cancel the busses they have to walk and they will problably be late to school.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  88. Ricardo

    I disargee with both because its not the schools its everybody on the earth we are wasting

    August 31, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  89. cinthia

    It will afect the students because maybe their mom and dad go to work early and they live far from school and they're scared to walk because what if someone tries to kidnap them.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  90. jakeline

    NO, They should not take away busing. Because, some parents can't bring their kids to school and kids will always be late!

    August 31, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  91. Dwight

    I think that people shoudn't cancel buses because the students on the bus will have to walk there and what if some of the students lived miles away from the school? Then, they would be very late to school.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  92. florencio

    I dont think they should not cut off school buses because some peopel need to walk far distance and they may get tierd walking and not have energy for school.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  93. Juan

    I think if they stop the school buses it will afect the kids because they will be late to school. The parents will take away time from there work time. Some kids cant aford a bike or a drive to school.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  94. Eloisa

    It is not right to take our buses away because we need to get to shool on time. I also disagree because some of us kids can't make it to school on foot or on vehicle. So we really need our buses.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  95. carlos

    It will affect us because maybe thier have work or something to do and don't have a lot of gas left over and can't get there in time.If they take buses taken away students will be late to school and would get detention.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  96. samuel

    I think if the schools stoped sending bus's we will all be late and the schools will mybe shoot down because almost noone will come. So my ieda is to keep on seending buses or change the time of school comeing in.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  97. MIGUEL


    August 31, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  98. henry

    i think that they shoudent take away the bus becouse lots of people live a little bit far so if they take away the bus all the people that live far wouid get there late and brake the goverments rule and your parents would get in alot of trouble.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  99. Manuel

    It is negative for some kids that ride the bus because they might live a long way from school and could get there late for school.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  100. lucero

    People have to do something becouse the people that go walking have to suffer going up and going down the hills and that isn't fair to people who walk to school and to home. It would't be fair eaither becouse dads have to bring persons to school and go late to there work.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  101. April

    We shouldn't take bus away because the student that ride them might be late for school or home.If we do take bus away the student's mom and dad are going to be sleeply and wish for bus to come back. For the bus company are going to shut down.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  102. Sarah

    Schools in our area are combining routes for the high school and the middle school. I really haven't seen much difference in the time I leave and the time I arrive at home again, and I get to ride the bus with many of my friends.

    August 31, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  103. Kelly

    That's DEFAINTLY not right. My little brother and I rely on the bus services to take us home. I'll be going to high-school next year it's even farther away from my house. And there is NO WAY I will let my little brother walk home. And what about the disabled children? Why can't we cut out things we really don't need? NASA doesn't have to go and discover a new life form. Truthfully, the education of the rest of the world is more important.

    August 31, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  104. lauren

    bus stops should stay the sam

    August 31, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  105. zack

    way make kides walk???

    August 31, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  106. Ben

    i believe that if schools need to cut back on bus stops it should only be on the close stops near the school not more than a mile because the students need to get up and leave earlier than they need to.

    August 31, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  107. Anthony

    No becuze i ride the bus and i would be mad

    August 31, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  108. Tevin

    Keep the buses. Walking to school while its miles away could make you tired.

    August 31, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  109. benjamin

    i think the school should do whatever it takes to get their students to school and if their late it should not count against them and it should not go as a tardy or on attendence if they cant get carpooled or get on the bus.

    August 31, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  110. Zoe

    It's not fair that kids farther away than 2 miles have to walk.

    August 31, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  111. melinda

    I don't think it's right a lot of people depend on the school bus to take them to school and home. Also If they can't car pool then walking or riding a bike home isn't safe considering the things that happen to kids these days.

    August 31, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  112. Sam

    I think that schools should not cut bus stops to save thier buget; many parents/gaurdians depend on the bus to get thier child to school. They might not be able to get them a ride. Also, some students don't have bikes and it isn't all that safe.

    August 31, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  113. samantha

    i understand that schools need to save money during this tough economy, but don't take it out on us kids!!! we shouldn't have to walk two miles (more or less) to our school. our parents wouldn't aprove of it. we could get taken or something!!

    August 31, 2009 at 7:13 pm |
  114. sam

    I think its a great idea because kids these days need to be more active a little walk wont hurt them!

    August 31, 2009 at 7:29 pm |
  115. Amber

    Walking might do some kids good, but I agree that it is unfair to deny students a ride to school when the law forces them to go. Either we get a ride to school, or they stop making it mandatory to attend.

    August 31, 2009 at 7:50 pm |
  116. Mark

    I think its a good thing, kids should walk especially the athletes. I play Football and I run 1/2 a mile to and from school everyday. So its not really a bad thing

    August 31, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  117. Parker

    I live kinda far from the school and I think that cutting bus stops might be to drastic. Some people can't walk to school for certain reasons like they broke their leg they're not paralyzed but they have to be in a cast for a month or two and their mom or dad can't take them to school what are they going to do then?

    August 31, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  118. Jordan

    I think that it won't hurt to get rid of some bus stops because it was just on the news a lot about weight and stuff. I think that they should just walk a little exercise does not hurt. I walk home and I live a mile and a half away from school so I think these people that walk will live.

    September 1, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  119. jasmine

    bus should be provided to students if they live more then a mile away .most familys have no other way to get to school.I thonk more money should be givin to the schools bus

    September 1, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  120. Annmarie

    I think that the school district should not cut bus services because some parents don's have other alternatives of getting there kids to school. Having us walking to cross the busy highway or walking in danguros weather.

    September 1, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  121. miceala

    Amber i totaly agree wit ya i mean seriously they expect us to either be homeschooled,privated,or somethin else that has to do with learning so if they expect us to GO to school then why take the buses away? And Zoe ur TOTALLY right hek some kids may live farther thn 2 miles from their skl

    September 1, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  122. juan

    I think it is a bad idea because my parents don't have time to take me to school.Also cause i live far away from the school so i can't go walking to school.Kids might stop going to school becuse they can't get to it.That is why i think it is a bad idea.

    September 1, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  123. Gerardo


    September 1, 2009 at 12:54 pm |

    I think we should keep the busses running because maybe we don't have a ride to school or our home. Also because our parent's are in a hard situation,and maybe our parent's can't afford gas. Then if we walk to school maybe one day your parent's could be gone , the weather could be bad,and then the only thing we could do is walk to school.

    September 1, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  125. Aurora

    I think that cutting the buses is a great way to save money, but if you cut buses, some kids would have a hard time getting to school, some couldn't get to school becaus they don't own a car or a bike.I personally think that the bus is one of the best ways for friends to get together and chat.

    September 1, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  126. Hector

    I think that most state pay alot of money for there childern to be droven to school on the bus.The children should still be riding the bus because there parents work and they probably live far away the school and the parents will probably get tired of driving there kids to school and picking them up.

    September 1, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  127. Cydney

    I think that the school should not cut bus service because some people have no other way to get to school. If kids didnt have any other way of getting to school then kids wouldn't be able to go to school. School is for helping kids and teaching them so they get smarter and if kids can't go to school then they can't learn anything, and if they can't learn anything then they can't go to college to get a good degree and get a good job. Cutting bus may cut our future.

    September 1, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  128. Alli

    At our school, due to lack of buses our school starts an hour earlier, due to bus schedules. I think it's funny how there's always enough money for school sports, but never enough for transportation, the arts, or even teachers!

    September 1, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  129. Brittany

    They should not do this because alot of kids need the bus to get to school and I even ride the bus and it would be to hard for me to go to school if they stopped the bus for only going out mabey about 2 miles.That is just stupid to do that because every kid should have the right to be able to go to school on a bus if it is nesassarily need for the kid. Mabey the kids parents cain't take them to school because of work or mabey they don't have the money to take them.(like my parents)

    September 2, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  130. Peyton

    I think they should because people who live close should walk unless they have special needs so I think it's a good idea to help the country and the economy.

    September 2, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  131. trevor

    im double sided about the buses. okay, they may need to cut certain stops on the route to save money. they should cut bus stop at cetain stops, for example if two student have to get to different stops but they are only a block away, let one of them walk! not only is it good exercise but it saves gas. but there are limits of how many you can cut or what grade they start to cut stops.they should only cut stops for middle, and high schools. but to make us walk, ride a bike, or find some other way to get to school for two miles is stupid. i take the bus, to catch a train to catch another bus. no city bus i know takes me anywhere near the train station. my parents cant take me to the train because both of their jobs go in the oppisite direction. and the train is more than two miles away! i need a train to get to school.

    September 2, 2009 at 8:31 pm |
  132. Leigh

    I think that if the schools really need the money, they should stop the routes. But they need to think about the other ways that those kids are going to get to school. What about the kids whose parents can't drive them in the morning? It is funny that the school district always has money for sports and such, but not for buses and even the teachers. Maybe they should think over what they are doing before the actually do it.

    September 2, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  133. Ana

    I think leaving some bus stops out is going to have people move,because some families might not have a car, a bike, or the school is too far away.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  134. Breanna

    I think it should be like tht cuz we need more people 2 excersize. And if they play sports it shouldent be a proublem. And there would be less pollution.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  135. Abigail

    Bus stops being cut could be a good thing if there is another bus stop close enough for the student to walk to. If not, then most parents will have something else to worry about that's a bit larger that making sure their kids get to a bus stop on time.

    September 5, 2009 at 8:18 am |
  136. Haley

    I say that if people pay tax's that pay for school buses that cuts should not be made so stop wasting money on usless stuff

    September 5, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  137. amanda

    ok, so i think this is really stupid. so there are three buses that go down my way and they should make the number on each bus the same or really close. you can look in the windows of the buses and it looks like this one bus has like five people in it. my bus has two people to each seat! its so crowed! so i understand that the economy is really bad right now, but i really wish they would of thought of some other way to cut down on money.

    September 6, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  138. Alexis

    they should cut buses because some times parents are going through stuff and thde dont have the money for gas to take their kids to school.the schools should cut sports be

    September 6, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  139. rachel

    i think it is wrong to make kids within a two-mile radius of the school walk. It is dangerous. Thousands of kids have been kidnapped, and many of them have been found, but dead. How would you like your child walking to school to school, unsupervised, in the dark. If you want to save money, then do other stuff. For example, you could stop buying SmartBoards. Whats is wrong with using a white board ?So don't cut bus stops or routes, for the childrens sake.....!!!!

    September 6, 2009 at 7:13 pm |
  140. Lindsey

    I think cutting the busses has it's edvantages, yet there are it's non-edantages. For example, it's positive edvantages are, it is good exercise, and it helps save our planet from harmful chemicals. Yet again it is still unsafe, because it seems more and more children are being kidnapped.It really is unsafe for younger children that may not know better than to talk to strangers.Overall though we shouldn't make children walk to school so they'll be safe.It's better to be safe than sorry.

    September 6, 2009 at 7:30 pm |
  141. Guilermo

    i think that is good idea to watch the cnn news in the school during in class,,, thats perfect.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  142. kyshun

    we do not have to share our password

    September 8, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  143. sadie

    Some kids parents don't even have a car and there only transportation is the bus and if they get cut off how are they supose to get to school????????

    September 9, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  144. David

    i think this is a bad idea some kids have no other way to get to school making kids walk to school is bad because by the time they get to school there already late

    September 10, 2009 at 7:21 am |
  145. Jestanie

    I think it's ridiculous for innocent people to have their budgets cut because there are people who arent making it by as it is already. And it's not right

    September 10, 2009 at 7:39 pm |
  146. Anonymous

    this is comepletly unethical if the school needs budget cuts it needs to get rid of the video anouncments and the sixth grade sports to save money.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  147. Emily

    The recession has hit my family very hard. We had our house forclosed on and my mom lost her job. We also lived on a car for almost two years. When we moved to rochester we did not get a bus to take us to the Burlington school district which made it very hard on my mom having to take us all to school and my dad to work on one car. So i feel for the parents and children suffering.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  148. Elizabeth

    Schools really need to think things through. They panic because there isn't enough money to spare for lunches or anything, and then they automatically say that fewer buses will make more routes. There are at least three things wrong with that. Number one, a lot of innocent bus drivers, like my aunt and grandma, that would lose their jobs and have no other way to make a living. Number two, that would make it harder for us to get to school. Didn't Obama just say he wanted us to get to school?

    September 11, 2009 at 6:25 pm |