Deer/Mount Judea Schools: State Hasn't Lived Up to Reform Promises

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013 3:45 pm  

The district also argued that the transportation funding system is inadequate because it doesn't define the maximum amount of time students may spend on a school bus. Former state Sen. Bill Lewellen, an attorney for the district, said some students are on the bus for at least 90 minutes in the morning.

"It is inhumane for a 4-year-old child who is barely potty-trained to have to get up at 5:30 in the morning and drive an hour and a half and not have the use of a bathroom," Lewellen said.

Richardson warned justices about the impact that setting a maximum transportation time would have on other parts of the school funding model.

"If the state has to fund a 45-minute ride for every student across the state, then the costs are out of control and we're not meeting the other constitutional mandate, which is an efficient education," Richardson said.

Justices did not indicate when they'd rule in the case.

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