State school transportation cuts could be devastating | The Rock River Times

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Slashing state funding for public school transportation in half could have dire unintended consequences for students, parents and taxpayers, according to the head of the statewide organization that represents school superintendents throughout the state.

"Things sometimes look great on paper, but these proposed cuts would reach into the classroom and potentially even have safety implications for children," said Brent Clark, executive director of the Illinois Association of School Administrators. "Providing transportation for students is mandated by the state, so districts would have to shift local resources from the classroom and other places to fulfill that mandate...