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Cost of school transportation tops in nation

Association: Making bus routes more efficient not always possible

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New York has the highest school transportation costs in the country, and they have been growing at a rapid pace, according to the Citizens Budget Commission, a nonprofit organization that advocates for government and spending reform. Last week the CBC unveiled an interactive map that shows transportation spending in every district in the state. The data includes the total amount of money spent on transportation, the per pupil cost and the percentage of spending reimbursed ...


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ronzo
December 16, 2012
8:09 a.m.

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This is just another reason why property taxes in NY are one of the highest in America. School buses from adjacent school districts passing each other transporting students to and from destinations, each with half full or fewer students, oftentimes going to common destinations. Why? Because New Yorkers insist on funding multiple school districts within a county. A perfect example - in little tiny Schenectady County, a county that can fit inside many cities, there are six school districts. There are two high schools located within a mile of each other. Buses are lined up at each school, one mile apart, with different school district names on them, taking students to destinations in close proximity. Each school district maintains a fleet of buses and a management staff that operates the transportation for that school. Duplication, replication and wasted dollars ad nauseum. And some people here are outraged with the Federal government for taxes. The Feds are in "how to tax and spend" nursery school compared to New York. Look in the mirror New Yorkers.

justapto
December 16, 2012
8:22 a.m.

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NY will never consolidate any services as long as all the towns, villages, control groups continue status quo.
Perhaps the state needs to take control and force all the duplication in services by funding only county services for fire, police, transportation, schools, roads, etc. Then the counties can dole the money out according how they wish to spend it. County consolidation of the hundreds of special interest groups operating competing and duplicating services.

birmy
December 16, 2012
8:30 a.m.

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Some school districts have bus drivers do other duties throughout the day when they are not driving. (Lunch monitors, Hall monitors etc.) Other districts allow the bus drivers to be in the garage when they are not driving.

ronzo
December 16, 2012
10:35 a.m.

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justapto: The problem is who's the state? The politicians or the people? The politicians have no incentive to have their power reduced. Most state legislators start out as local politicians. So where does their allegiance lie? To themselves. Not to the betterment of running the state more efficiently for the sake of the people and the cost. They are the creators of local government largess. So why would they force counties to consolidate government and services? Unless the people forced them to. But people here are satisfied with the way it is, at least they are not willing to do anything about it. This is the only state that I have lived in that does not have consolidated county services - fire, police, schools, trash pickup, etc. And the only one that has these little town and village governments. That's why this whole concept puzzles me why people here love all this local government so much and are willing to pay so much for it.

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