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Court says Indiana Schools Can't Charge for Busing

It had already been made illegal by the legislature, but the state‘s Court Of Appeals says charging parents for busing their students to public schools violates the Indiana Constitution.

The appeals court overturned a lower court in ruling that Franklin Township Schools violated the constitution when it handed over its bus service to a private company during the 2011-12 school year.

The company, Central Indiana Educational Service Center, charged parents $475 per year to transport one child to school and $405 for each additional child.

The school system said it was forced to make the move due to millions of dollars of debt
and the inability to raise revenue due to caps on property taxes.