McCracken’s County’s Judge Executive has expressed his support for the county school district’s busing of private school students.
According to a Lexington Herald Leader article, state financial records show that Kentucky spent nearly $18 million to pay for busing at private, mostly religious schools, in two dozen counties over the last six years.
Illinois Education officials are considering a proposal to let schools stop offering free bus service as another way to cope with the state's budget crisis. In legislation that may be offered this week, the State Board of Education could ask to either get rid of the buses or charge for carrying students each day. The change would be part of a new system for distributing state money for student transportation. The Illinois Association of School Boards says transportation spending has been slashed 42% since 2010.
The man who held a bus full of Henry County students hostage with a bomb threat this morning is undergoing a mental evaluation. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew says 26 year old Steven Decker boarded the bus during a stop on Guthrie Road. He told the bus driver he had a gun and a bomb and demanded $25 thousand in cash. Belew says the bus driver called 9-1-1 during the incident. He says,