student transportation

A driver for BCH Services Group left several students with a neighbor, after getting in an accident Monday.
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Parents at Mary McLeod Bethune Charter School have been frustrated for weeks with the school’s unpredictable bus service. Now, the school says, a bus driver left several children at the scene of an accident Monday.

More than 400 school buses that operate in New Orleans haven't been inspected yet by the city.
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After a city investigation revealed serious safety concerns about school buses last year, the New Orleans City Council decided to start inspecting them. But more than a month into the school year, more than 80 percent of the city’s school buses have yet to pass inspection.

More than 400 school buses that operate in New Orleans haven't been inspected yet by the city.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

New Orleans' unique system of charter schools does not have centralized busing. Each school is in charge of finding bus services for students, and those services are almost always contracted out to private bus companies. After a city investigation revealed a host of safety concerns around the city’s privately operated school buses, the city council is stepping in to regulate them, similar to the way the city regulates taxis and limos.

Einstein parent Yanys Rozhez missed work to drive his son to a safer bus stop.
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The battle between Einstein Charter Schools and the Orleans Parish School Board over getting kids to school appeared to be over when yellow buses started running last week.

But for families who must navigate bus stops along busy roads in eastern New Orleans, the journey isn’t over. As WWNO reports in collaboration with The Lens, parents say buses stop at inconvenient locations that are dangerous to get to.  

OPSB has begun the process of revoking Einstein Charter Schools' right to run two elementary schools.
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The Orleans Parish School Board has settled a months-long dispute with Einstein Charter Schools over busing.

Einstein Charter School's board says they'll work on a transportation plan that could include yellow-bus transportation.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Einstein Charter Schools appears to be backing down in its months-long dispute with the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) over busing. The Einstein charter school board has voted to work out a transportation plan that could include yellow buses. The decision came days after the district threatened to revoke Einstein's right to run two of their schools.

Did you know that 86 percent of students in New Orleans don't attend the school closest to their home? Or that the cost for student transportation rose from $18 to $30 million dollars in the course of 10 years?