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Pa. Rejects Plea for Busing in Dangerous Neighborhood

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Private transportation companies will temporarily provide free busing to Pittsburgh students who must walk through an especially violent neighborhood to get to school, after the state turned down a request to subsidize busing.

The 33,500-student district requested, but was denied, additional money from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to transport children who walk to and from the 420-student New Homewood Elementary School.

The state provides additional money for transportation if students must travel a “hazardous route,” but the provision applies only to traffic, according to Pat Crawford, a spokeswoman for the district.

Superintendent John W. Thompson announced last week that a coalition of private transportation companies had stepped up and offered free busing for those students as a temporary measure.

Vol. 24, Issue 12, Page 4

Published in Print: November 17, 2004, as Pa. Rejects Plea for Busing in Dangerous Neighborhood

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