So apparently the school system Adrianna is in is changing how they are doing the elementary schools next year.. basically to just put off conforming to no child left behind standards and CC standards-it will give them another 2 school years to get testing up to par.
What it means is that k-1 with be in one school, 2-3 in one school and 4-5 in one school, instead of k-5 in 3 different schools.
The biggest arguement I hear against it, is that kids will be on buses too long.. So why don't the parents either find somebody to pick the kids up or pick the kids up themselves?
Has anybody heard of this?
And parents that have both adults working can't always do drop off and pick up. I'd say in our area (rural) more people use bus transportation for the kids than actually drop off/pick up.
As far as the whole busing too far to school thing goes I actually get it. Of course there are ways to make it work (carpooling, etc.) but that's not easy for everyone. Not only are parents dealing with their own family's work/sports/activities schedules but they have to consider whoever is carpooling as well. If you wanna skip all that then yeah, they can take the bus. But a long bus ride, plus homework, plus activities, plus dinner/chores, plus work equals a very stressful week with very little family time.
I was lucky to live close to home when I was in public school in elementary.. When I went back to public in high school, I rode around with my mom for hours on her work delivery route, I was expected to do what homework I could while riding.
There is only one school that's exempt, the dual language school. That's because the require the kids in that program to start at preschool and continue through 5th.