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Rising Gas Prices Hurt Quality of Schools

News Flash: Gas Prices Affecting Quality of Schools

The price of fuel used to fill up the tanks on school buses has increased 35 percent over the past year, and local school districts are paying the price in more than one way. The extra gas money takes away from funds that would normally be used for expenses like books, field trips, teachers, computers, and classroom supplies. More rural areas are feeling the effects because of the often longer driving distance required to transport the kids to schools. There's only so many ways to cut back and schools need certain things and people to survive — it's only a matter of time before the additional costs are passed on to taxpayers.


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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I wish there was something we could do about gas prices. It's really hitting everyone hard and I'm sure more people are going in debt just trying to get by. Children should not be affected by something like this at school.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Gas prices are ruining my damn life, so I can definitely see this. Sad.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
The schools really need to start prioritizing their spending. Seriously, would they rather spend money on actually getting their students to class, or do they want new gymnasiums that rival even the most expensive health clubs, and in some cases, STADIUMS or ATHLETIC ARENAS? I'm all for educating our kids, but come on! Priorities!
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I hate paying for gas these days...starting to think of riding my road bike everywhere, but its impossible since people drive like crazy in California. The other day I passed a gas station and gas was at $3.69 for regular gas. Four hours later, I passed the same gas station, and the price had gone up to $3.75. How is this justified??
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
Makes sense, I just never thought about who pays for the school bus' gas. Kids or no kids, if it goes to the taxpayers you'll still be paying for it!
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I had never put it together. Maybe this gas crunch will make things go back to how they used to be of kids walking to school or riding their bikes (in city areas). I live in a city area and see school buses all the time when the kids are going just a few miles. There is actually a suburb of Pittsburgh (Mt Lebanon) that has no school buses, but they are top ranked in the area.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
interesting...I never thought about that until now. Lucky I got no kids to worry about! Just my empty gas tank :P
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